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The Mercury News - - Movie Guide - Frank Ste­wart

“Sim­ple Satur­day” col­umns fo­cus on im­prov­ing ba­sic tech­nique and de­vel­op­ing log­i­cal think­ing.

Squeeze play is al­leged to be dif­fi­cult, but some squeezes all but play them­selves. In to­day’s deal, West’s cue bid of two spades con­ven­tion­ally showed length in hearts and a mi­nor suit. East’s 2NT asked which mi­nor. North-South brushed aside the in­ter­fer­ence and bid a grand slam.

When West led the king of di­a­monds, South won and saw 13 tricks, as­sum­ing a heart fi­nesse would win. But South drew trumps, took his club tricks and then cashed two more trumps.

As South led his last trump, West had to keep his queen of di­a­monds — dummy still had the jack — so he could save only one heart. De­clarer dis­carded the jack of di­a­monds from dummy and led a heart at Trick 12. When West played the jack, South knew West’s last card was the queen of di­a­monds. So South put up the ace of hearts to drop East’s king!

That’s a so-called “show-up squeeze” — easy as pie. DAILY QUES­TION:

You hold :♠ K 1095♥ A Q 1053◆ J 6♣ K 7. Your part­ner opens one di­a­mond, you re­spond one heart and he bids two clubs. What do you say?

AN­SWER: At your sec­ond turn as re­spon­der, you want to place the con­tract if you can or at least sug­gest a con­tract. Bid 3NT. You have no rea­son to bid spades. Part­ner doesn’t have four cards in spades, and even if he has three in hearts, your strong spades sug­gest play­ing at notrump.

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