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low diamond lead sees the now bare king
PRIZEQ U I Z
appear and dummy has a low diamond
left to lead back to declarer’s queen.
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the dummy. Fortunately, however, the TAKE a look at the play situation below
Vienna Coup was known to be un- and give your answer. Please include very
necessary as only West could be guarding brief details of your reasoning.
the two suits. There are three categories in our
competition: for players up to and
The show-up squeeze including County Master; for those
up to and including Regional Master; and
A squeeze may not, in itself, provide an for those with higher ranking.
extra trick by force, but it can provide
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Pass 3♠ All Pass
♦ J84 Please indicate on the top left-hand
♣ 9 corner of the envelope, or in the e-mail West leads the ace of clubs and
subject line, the category for which you continues with the six of clubs. East
are entering. Julian Pottage will judge follows once, ruffs the second club and
South plays in 7♠ on the lead of the king the entries and the first correct answer exits with a trump. What is the best line
of clubs. drawn in each category will win a prize. for the contract?
It seems that the contract depends on
the diamond finesse, but the opening lead
improves declarer’s chances somewhat on
the reasonable assumption that West also
holds the queen of clubs.
Declarer wins the ace of clubs, ruffs the
low club, then runs all the trumps,
followed by the three heart winners. The
last winner squeezes West. Obliged to THINGS that drive me mad at bridge the bidding. Usually, the kind wishes are
hang on to the queen of clubs, he has to (face to face or on-line): followed by the all-healing: ‘No double, no
come down to only a doubleton diamond. ‘Sorry, partner,’ usually said around trick trouble,’ accompanied by a huge smile.
The club jack is now discarded and eleven when partner has made some dia- But probably my pet hate is the one that
declarer plays on diamonds. There is no bolical declarer play turning ten cast-iron has no words at all. I am playing low to
point in finessing when West cannot hold tricks in 3NT into seven. dummy’s holding of Q-10-x-x (or similar).
three diamonds, so he plays off the ace and ‘Sorry, partner – thought you had a After a delay, LHO plays a non-descript
king. different hand,’ usually after I have passed card. I play the queen and, of course, RHO
The extra chance offered by this squeeze as responder, then been forced to bid, and wins the trick. Does LHO have a winning
is that declarer will drop a doubleton my partner has gone on to elevate himself holding? Or was he simply in a trance?
queen of diamonds offside. Of course, he to game. Now he can see dummy! I know that we draw inferences from an
was always going to succeed if the queen ‘Well played, partner,’ almost inevitably opponent’s hesitation at our peril. But
was with West. said after an unmakeable contract is gifted why do they always hesitate when there is
This last example is known as a Show- by an opponent who fell asleep. nothing to think about?
up Squeeze, a defender being shown not to ‘Good luck partner, you’ll need it,’ when As I said: face-to-face and on-line too.
have sufficient length in a suit for a finesse I find myself at the five level in a 4-2 fit But at least on-line no one can hear me
to be necessary. after partner has completely misunderstood scream! Fran Bramzel
www.ebu.co.uk February 2008 English Bridge 37