A LOOSING SQUEEZE CARD! by Richard Odlin

 

The board below had several fine points of interest.

 

S QJT63

Dlr: E H K8

Vul: E/W D JT62

C J5

S K7 S 92

H QT5 H A42

D KQ D A874

C AT7643 C KQ98

S A854

H J9763

D 953

C 2

 

West, declarer in 3NT, got the SQ as an opening lead. South won and returned a spade to the king. Declarer now ran minor winners down to this position:

 

S --

H K8

D J

C --

S -- S --

H QT H A4

D -- D 8

C 6 C --

S 8

H J9

D --

C --

 

The last club squeezed North -- he couldn't protect both red suits. When this hand was discussed later, we wondered what

would have happened if South had DUCKED the opening lead. There then would be no way to rectify the count for a squeeze --but look what happens! Declarer can run diamonds and clubs as before, coming down to this ending:

 

S J

H K8

D J

C --

S 7 S --

H QT H A42

D -- D 8

C 6 C --

S A8

H J9

D --

C --

 

Note that South must keep his hearts otherwise declarer can push the HJ through. On the last club, both North and South must discard spades. And now declarer leads the SEVEN OF SPADES! A losing squeeze card! North is squeezed as before. South

wins but must surrender the last two tricks.