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West
72
J9
J7632
J432
North
AK10854
73
AK9
96
East
9
Q108542
Q8
KQ85
South
QJ63
AK6
1054
A107
W
N
E
S
 
P
1
2
3
P
4
P
4
P
4
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 North
NS: 0 EW: 0

From the TGRs league, March 28th. I made up the (not very good) bidding, but so did everybody else.

If the defenders don't lead a club, you can set up a double squeeze (East in hearts and clubs, West in the minors).

The usual remedy when they attack the pivot suit is a guard squeeze, which works here: duck the first club, win the second and run trumps. East must keep five red cards, or South can win either three heart tricks (by force) or three diamond tricks (via a finesse). So East must abandon clubs, and West is squeezed in the minors anyway when declarer cashes the hearts.

This is all fairly normal stuff - duck a trick to rectify the count and hope for the best. But you can actually also succeed by winning the first trick and running spades. In the six-card ending East is one-suit-squeezed in clubs: if he keeps a high one he is put in with it and West is then squeezed in the minors; if he keeps a low one (or none at all) declarer simply sets up a club trick.

I don't think I've seen this sort of thing before. I expect Rigal has.

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