West North East South about to get it right between the eyes.
1NT 3™ Seven-card suits are useful not only in
SEVEN-CARD suits evoke in me the same Pass 4™ All Pass the bidding but in the play. Reeling off
feeling I had as a child when I was given a your winners can put defenders under
water pistol — or, even better, that terrific You are South. East opens a weak 1NT intolerable strain. The technique is known
little gun which fired pellets of potato. (12-14), and you let him have it with both in expert circles as a squeeze. In less
Seven-card suits are fun. You can fool barrels of your potato pistol. 3™! Gonna illustrious company it is known as Playing
around with them and make a nuisance of have some fun, baby! Off Winners and Hoping that Somebody
yourself. Unfortunately North, who must have Throws the Wrong Thing.
Of course sometimes, as here, your been kept indoors as a child and made to Here, you have a crucial card in your
partner will take you seriously: do homework, can't take a joke. He raises hand. It is the ten of clubs.
you studiously to 4™.
West leads the ten of spades. You play
´ Q42 low from dummy, and East overtakes with ´ Q42
™ Q72 the jack, cashes the ace and king of spades ™ Q72
t AQ95 and exits with a trump, the jack falling t AQ95
® AQJ from West. Which minor-suit finesse are ® AQJ
you going to take? ´ 10 9 8 6 ´ AKJ
N You have, of course, already counted the ™ J N ™ 10 4
W E W E
S points. West has shown up with a jack, t 8743 S t K 10 6 2
which means that East must have both ® 8542 ® K973
´ 753 minor-suit kings for his 1NT opening. ´ 753
™ AK98653 So the contract is hopeless and you may ™ AK98653
t J as well throw in the towel. t J
® 10 6 And yet, and yet . . . You still have one ® 10 6
slug of potato in your gun, and East is
All you have to do is cash the ace of clubs
and then run the heart suit. If you are
PROTECT OUR BRIDGE COLUMNS kind, you will do it quickly. If you are
feeling sadistic, you will do it slowly. Right
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The Evening Standard has a tradition of great bridge writers: David queen.
Bird has been doing it for about fifteen years. Before him it was So don't be afraid of squeezes. They can
Terence Reese, who had followed Rixi Markus, Victor Mollo, Bob be fun — and much more rewarding than
Rowlands and Maurice Harrison-Gray. trying to hit a moving target with a piece
of raw vegetable. r
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