Squeeze left, squeeze right

Andy Bowles had fun squeezing first one opponent then the other on this deal:

S 98
Dlr: South H QJ 2
Vul: N-S D QJ654
C Q74
S AT4 S QJ62
H AK4 H 76
D KT D A872
C AKJ82 C T95
S K753
H T9853
D 93
C 63

West North East South
2NT Pass 3C Pass
3D Pass 3H (1) Pass
3NT All Pass

(1) Shows four spades.

North led a low diamond and Bowles won the trick with the 10. He cashed the CA and led a low club. North ducked and Bowles won with dummy's CT. He led the SQ, ducked all around, and a spade to his 10. Now he cashed the SA and the rest of his black-suit winners. With one club left to cash, this was the position:

S --
C --
S -- S J
H AK4 H 76
D K D A8
C 8 C --
H T98
D 9
C --

Bowles led the C8 and North was squeezed in the red suits. He discarded the H2 while South pitched the D9. Bowles led the DK and overtook with dummy's DA. Now it was South's turn and he parted with the H8. Bowles took the last three tricks with his HA K 4 for a clear win on the board.



Good technique

Geir Helgemo of Norway, helped his team win 8 IMPs on this deal.

Dlr: North S A763
Vul: N-S H KJ653
D A76
C 6
S QT98 S 54
H AT9742 H Q
D T D K85432
H 8
C A985432

West North East South
Paul Geir Hackett Helgemo
1H Pass 2C
Pass 2H Pass 2NT
All Pass

West led the ST, ducked around to Helgemo's jack. The DQ lost to East's king and a spade came back. Helgemo won his SK and led the H8. When West followed low, he played dummy's HK and dropped East's singleton queen. Next he ducked a club. West won his CT and exited a spade. Helgemo won with dummy's ace and cashed the CA and DA. He exited with a spade and West, now down to all hearts, was forced to return a heart. At the other table, Jason and Justin Hackett defeated 3NT two tricks -- plus 200 and plus 120 equal 8 IMPs.



A Triple Squeeze

The defense wasn't perfect, but the end position was special -- a triple squeeze.

Dlr: West S A6
Vul: None H K8765
D J8
C JT95
S Q84 S KT52
H Q2 H AJ943
D KQT6 D 5
C KQ82 C A76
S J973
D A97432
C 43

1D Pass 1H Pass
1NT Pass 3NT All Pass

Virgil Anderson had the fun of playing this hand. He won the club opening lead with the king and led the HQ. North put up the king, and Anderson allowed him to hold the trick -- but the Ten that fell from South caught his attention.
A second club went to the ace, and South rose with the ace when Anderson called for a diamond. South returned a diamond, and Anderson was gratified to see the jack fall from North. He led a spade, winning with dummy's king when North ducked. That left this position:
H K876
D --
C 95
S Q8 S T5
H 2 H AJ94
D QT D --
C K8 C 7
S J97
H --
D 9732
C --

When Anderson crossed to his hand with the CK and led the DQ, North had no problem --he pitched a heart. But the last diamond caused him anguish. If he threw a heart, the suit would run. If he threw a club, Anderson's last club would be good, squeezing North once again. If he threw the SA, of course the queen would be high and would again exert the squeeze on North. There was no escape. North actually pitched the SA, hoping partner had the queen. But Anderson cashed the SQ, and North quietly folded his cards.




Marc Umeno and Hank Youngerman had a good score on the next deal:


Dlr: North S T763
Vul: N-S H K63
S QJ5 S A842
H 9542 H QJ7
D K D AT53
C Q9532 C T4
S K9
D 98742
C 876

West North East South
Umeno Youngerman
1NT (1) All Pass
(1) 14-16.

East led the D3 to West's king. West shifted to a low club, and Umeno put in the jack. Umeno followed with the DJ, taken by East with the ace. East got out with a low spade, and Umeno played the king, followed by another spade. West won with the jack and played another club. Umeno won the CA and played a third round of spades, won by West with the queen. This was the position when West played the third round of clubs:

H K63
S -- S A
H 942 H QJ7
D -- D T5
C Q95 C --
S --
D 98
C 8

When Umeno played the CA, East was a goner squeezed in three suits. No matter what East discarded, it would produce an extra trick for North. Although it is not so easy to see it looking at only two hands, West must switch to a heart a trick two to avoid the end position against his partner. As it was, plus 120 was a fine score for the winners.