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Trick 2 single suit squeeze

Playing with Robinson last night, he observed a rare position as declarer.

West
Q873
Q103
1087
432
North
AKJ106
87
AQJ64
9
East
54
J962
K2
AKJ75
South
92
AK54
953
Q1086
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
P
P
D
2 North
NS: 0 EW: 0

The opponents started with a high club and shifted to a heart. Steve won, finessed twice in spades, finished trumps, crossed in hearts and lost a diamond finesse, making five for 7 out of 18 MPs since we were conservative in auction.

Note what happens if defender plays a 2nd high club a trick 2. It does promote the Queen for a useless pitch, but more importantly, it forces a strange trump position. If Steve ruffs low, he will have AKJT opposite 9x, and can't hold the lead with the 9! If he ruffs high, they can cover the 9.

If he takes two spade finesses, or if he takes a diamond finesse and a spade finesse, he will lose at least one more trick. If he guesses to play the DQ out of his hand at trick 3 he can still make 5, but more likely he will play spades from the top for safety and later use his entries for a diamond finesse or 2. If he uses the heart entries for spade finesses, he will end up losing several more tricks as he loses control of hearts, and if he uses the entries for a diamond finesse he is doomed to lose a spade.

This has the same form as the single suit squeeze, more commonly seen where you would have to reach a 4 card ending with just the spade suit, and pitching a low one or the T both prevent finessing twice.

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