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A. is the classic squeeze position. South

leads the ace of diamonds and West,

because he alone guards both spades

and hearts, has no good discard. Throw

a spade and dummy's jack is promoted;

throw a heart and declarer's king is

promoted.

In B. (swapping the defenders' hands)

East is identically squeezed on the ace of

diamonds (dummy's heart going).

Because either opponent, provided they uniquely guard both major suits, is squeezed, the position is

Automatic.

Love All. Dealer South

´ 7 5

™ A 8 7

t A K 7 4 2

® A K Q

´ 9 8 4 2 ´ 10 6 3

™ J 10 9 6 3 ™ 5 4 2

t Q 10 t J 9 8

® 9 7 ® J 5 4 2

´ A K Q J

™ K Q

t 6 5 3

® 10 8 6 3

´ A J

™ 2

t -

® -

´ K Q ´ 3

™ A ™ 4 3

t - t -

® - ® -

´ 2

™ K

t A

® -

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´ -

™ -

t A K 7 4

® -

´ 9 ´ -

™ 10 ™ -

t Q 10 t J 9 8

® - ® J

´ J (led)

™ -

t 6 5

® 10

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W E

S

West North East South

Pass 2t Pass 2NT

Pass 7NT1 All Pass

1 Even with 20 fabulous-looking points, this

is a stretch facing partner's possible 15. 37 is

the HCP guide for 7NT

A June Squeeze . . .

An Automatic Squeeze click

link

by Andrew Robson

On our featured grand slam deal, declarer

counted 12 top tricks. His non-squeeze chance of a

thirteenth was the jack of clubs falling in three

rounds, promoting the ten.

Winning the heart lead, declarer unblocked the

other top heart, then led over to the three top clubs.

No jack fell, West discarding a heart, so a squeeze

was his only chance. He needed the opponent who

held the ®J to hold at least three diamonds (making

him the sole guarder of the suit).

Declarer cashed the ace of hearts, discarding a

diamond, then ran his spades. This was the position

as the last spade was led:

What could East discard? A diamond would give

dummy the last three tricks, and the jack of clubs

would promote declarer's ten. 13 tricks and grand

slam made. Note that the same fate would have

befallen West should he have held East's cards,

making the position an Automatic Squeeze. r

The deal is taken from Andrew Robson's Endplay

& Squeeze, one of his series of invaluable Bridge

Lessons books. They are available from the EBU's

www.bridge-warehouse.co.uk

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A ´ A J

™ 2

t -

® -

´ 3 ´ K Q

™ 4 3 ™ A

t - t -

® - ® -

´ 2

™ K

t A

® -

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W E

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