Join Bridge Winners
Compound Squeeze ?

West
KJ53
J63
3
Q10652
North
7
A5
AKJ8752
K74
East
Q10962
Q1082
Q10
J8
South
A84
K974
964
A93
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0

Every 30 years or so, I see a type of squeeze that I have never seen before. In the early 80s, I made a slam on a criss cross squeeze, but I haven't seen  once since. I have never had a smother play. The other day, playing in a local sectional with one of my regular partners Paul Rosenblum ( son of the legendary Julius Rosenblum whom the World Cup is named after), I received a club lead against my 3NT contract. Although I was disappointed that we didn't get to slam, I realized that our bidding was normal, so I needed to to do the best that I could do in 3NT. I was happy not to have received a major suit lead, which would have destroyed the communication required to execute this once in a lifetime opportunity. Having no table experience with compound squeezes, I simply had to use some logic. I recognized that the only threat card in dummy was in clubs and that 7 of clubs had to do its work in order for me to take all 13 tricks, assuming diamonds were not 3-0 off sides. The first 8 tricks were easy. Win the Ace of clubs in hand and run all the diamonds coming to A8,K97,void,void. West pitched 2 clubs and I was fairly confident that she has started with 5 clubs. East came to down 2 spades and 3 hearts. I could tell from the discards that West had unguarded hearts rather than spades.(She had to unguard one major to keep her club stopper). So I played King of hearts and a heart to the ace, forcing her to unguard spades. Then I cashed the club king squeezing East in the majors. If West had abandoned spades instead of hearts, cashing the spade Ace at trick 9 which have achieved a similar end position. I am really glad this hand came up and it was a lot of fun to play. I hope the readers of this article enjoyed it.

15 Comments
Getting Comments... loading...
.

Bottom Home Top