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Country Life Every Week - - Crossword | Bridge - An­drew Rob­son

Over the past six weeks, I’ve in­tro­duced the dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties of squeeze: the Au­to­matic, the Po­si­tional, the Dou­ble and the Strip, to­gether with some of the key el­e­ments—rec­ti­fy­ing the count, the vi­enna Coup and iso­lat­ing the guard. Over the com­ing weeks, I will be analysing some fas­ci­nat­ing deals I’ve col­lected over the years, where squeeze tech­nique is cru­cial. Our first comes from the Big Ap­ple.

West led a pas­sive Di­a­mond, de­clarer beat­ing east’s Knave with the Queen and lead­ing the King of Hearts. West won the Ace (any­one for a duck?) and led a sec­ond Di­a­mond. Win­ning in dummy, de­clarer next led a Spade to the Queen— play­ing for four Club tricks was an in­fe­rior al­ter­na­tive.

The Spade fi­nesse suc­cess­ful, de­clarer cashed the Ace of Spades (no King ap­pear­ing), then the Queenknave of Hearts, dis­card­ing a Spade and a Club from dummy. He cashed the Ace of Clubs, on the off chance of see­ing a sin­gle­ton Queen (no), and led over his third Di­a­mond. He cashed dummy’s Di­a­mond win­ners to leave a two-card end­ing, in which dummy had the Knave of Spades and a Club, and he had the King-knave of Clubs in hand.

At trick 12, de­clarer led a Club, east play­ing the ten. Should he fi­nesse the Knave, the best a pri­ori odds, or rise with the King?

east’s last card is known to be the King of Spades. De­clarer doesn’t need to be watch­ing the dis­cards, he knows the Club fi­nesse is bound to fail. He rises with the King and, lo and be­hold, West’s Queen does drop. This is known as a Show-up Squeeze—you squeezed east down to one Club, to keep his King of Spades. That last Club will ‘show up’, so, even if it is low (as here), you know not to fi­nesse.

Our sec­ond deal comes from a du­pli­cate at the An­drew rob­son Bridge Club.

West led the Knave of Spades, east win­ning the Ace and try­ing a hope­ful Ace of Di­a­monds. De­clarer ruffed (dummy perked up) and liked his chances—only the third round of Hearts to worry about.

At trick three, de­clarer ruffed a (win­ning) Spade to ruff a sec­ond Di­a­mond. He ruffed his other win­ning Spade and ruffed a third Di­a­mond. De­clarer was hop­ing the King of Di­a­monds might ruff out, set­ting up dummy’s Queen. He was happy when east dis­carded, how­ever—watch.

De­clarer led out all his re­main­ing Clubs. As he led his last Club, West had to dis­card down to two Hearts, to keep the King of Di­a­monds. De­clarer could now let go of dummy’s Queen of Di­a­monds (it had served its pur­pose) to leave Ace-knave-seven of Hearts.

At trick 11, de­clarer led the King of Hearts and, at trick 12, he led a Heart to dummy’s AceK­nave, West play­ing low. Fi­nesse or drop?

Drop. West’s other card is known to be the King of Di­a­monds, so there is no point in fi­ness­ing. De­clarer rose with dummy’s Ace and was re­warded when east’s Queen fell. Dummy’s Knave of Hearts won the last trick—slam made. Another lovely Show-up Squeeze.

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