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Name that squeeze

Name that squeeze

By In 44th World Bridge Teams Championships On 23rd September 2019


Watching the potentially important last round Bermuda Bowl match between Italy and Argentina this deal was not without interest:

If East leads a heart and declarer plays dummy’s ten West wins with the queen and returns a spade, East winning with the king. If East plays a second heart West will win and play a third heart, but declarer ruffs, draws trumps and plays the QuadriK. West wins, but has no way to prevent declarer establishing a long diamond in dummy to take care of one of declarer’s clubs.
Suppose East switches to a club at trick three.
If declarer takes the finesse, West wins and as long as the defenders are careful declarer will subsequently lose two diamonds and be one down.
If declarer takes the view that the FioriK is offside, rises with dummy’s ace and plays a diamond West cannot afford to take the ace, so declarer wins and then plays spades to reach this position:

When declarer plays another trump, discarding a diamond from dummy, West has no good move. Discarding a heart allows declarer to exit with a heart. Discarding a diamond lets declarer duck a diamond and pitching a club allows declarer to play a club.
This looks like a triple squeeze and endplay, which I somehow feel deserves a special name – maybe something along the lines of Peking Duck three ways squeeze.
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Mark Horton

Mark Horton British journalist and expert player, was Editor of Bridge Magazine 1995-2017 and now edits the free online publication A New Bridge Magazine. At one time, his business cards were inscribed: Have Cards will Travel, but following the death of his most famous sponsor, the Rabbi Leonard Helman, he has tended to concentrate on his writing exploits (in 2018 he had five books published!). Anyone wanting to discover how to lose at bridge on a regular basis (and pay for the privilege) should feel to contact him. He currently lives in Shrewsbury with his wife Liz.