Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - CROSSWORDS AND PUZZLES - with DOU­GLAS NEW­LANDS

The auc­tion in this hand was sim­ple. North knew his side had 33 to 35 hcp be­tween them so small slam was on and a grand slam was not. Of­ten one in­ves­ti­gates for a suit slam but North’s only four card suit was weak and a car­di­nal rule is that one does not in­tro­duce weak suits in a slam auc­tion.

West led the jack of spades. De­clarer could count eleven tricks and, at first glance, the con­tract seemed to de­pend on hearts be­ing 3-3. De­clarer was a bit sur­prised when East dis­carded a di­a­mond on the spade lead. Af­ter win­ning the first trick with dummy’s king of spades, de­clarer cashed the king, jack and ace of clubs.

When the suit broke 3-3, ten of West’s cards were known. So, de­clarer ducked a heart since it was nec­es­sary to lose a heart even if they were 3-3. Af­ter win­ning West’s spade re­turn in dummy with the ace, de­clarer cashed the king of hearts and the king of di­a­monds. When West fol­lowed to both, de­clarer had a com­plete count of the un­seen hands: West had started with 7=2=1=3 shape and East with 0=4=6=3. EW vul, Dealer South

De­clarer cashed the queen of spades and the end po­si­tion is shown in the next di­a­gram.

When the queen of clubs was led, de­clarer dis­carded a di­a­mond from dummy, and East had no an­swer.

Which­ever suit he dis­carded from would see de­clarer cash the ace in that suit and use the ace in the other suit to reach the es­tab­lished red-suit win­ner.

This is a sim­ple squeeze with a slightly ex­otic ar­range­ment of en­tries and is called a criss-cross squeeze. Since it will work against ei­ther op­po­nent, it is an au­to­matic squeeze.

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