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Declaring 7NT (don't ask), South received a club lead. He ran his

clubs, discarding dummy's diamonds, then cashed his diamonds. However,

because East was discarding after dummy (with its threats in both majors),

no squeeze operated. Down one.

There was no way for declarer to succeed on a club lead, but say West led

a diamond. Declarer can now make all 13 tricks by converting the ending

from a Positional Squeeze to an Automatic one. He does this by cashing the

ace of hearts (key play) prior to running his clubs. [He cannot do this on a

club lead, for the lack of a re-entry to hand.] This moves the one-card

threat to South. With the two-card threat (´AJ) in the other hand to the

one-card threat (™Q), the Squeeze is now Automatic.

Effectively an unblocking play, this ingeniously simple manoeuvre of

cashing a winner to move a threat to the other hand, thereby converting a

Positional Squeeze into an Automatic one, is known as a Vienna Coup

(a name originating from Whist; the Austrian connection has been lost in

the mists of time).

Here is the ending as declarer leads the final club. The heart is thrown

from dummy, and East surrenders.

Love All. Dealer South

´ J 8 4

™ A 8 6 4

t A K Q 2

® 6 5

´ 7 5 ´ 10 3

™ J 9 3 ™ K 10 5

t 9 7 5 t J 10 8 4

® J 10 9 8 7 ® A 4 3 2

´ A K Q 9 6 2

™ Q 7 2

t 6 3

® K Q

´ A J 3 2

™ A 5 4 3 2

t A K Q

® 2

´ 9 7 6 ´ K Q 10 8 5

™ 10 8 7 ™ K J 9

t 8 7 6 t 5 4 3 2

® 7 6 5 4 ® 3

´ 4

™ Q 6

t J 10 9

® A K Q J 10 9 8

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West North East South

Pass 2t Pass 3´

Pass 6´1 All Pass

1 Four quick tricks and a nine-card fit make

this a fair gamble.

An October Squeeze . . .

The Vienna Coup click

link

by Andrew Robson

On this deal, the defence play ace and another

club against 6´. Declarer wins, draws trumps in two

rounds, then makes the key play of cashing the ace

of hearts (the Vienna Coup). Only by doing this is

he later able to squeeze East.

He now runs all his trumps, leaving ™Q in hand

and tAKQ2 in dummy. What can East throw (on

the last trump) from ™K and tJ1084? Answer: the

towel!

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 J

™ 5

t -

® -

´ 9 7 ´ K Q

™ 10 ™ K

t - t -

® - ® -

´ 4

™ Q

t -

® 8 (led)

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