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A. West is squeezed on the ace of hearts

lead, holding sole guard of both

diamonds and clubs. If East held West's

cards, he too would de squeezed. As the

squeeze works on either opponent, it is

said to be Automatic.

In B. (moving the ®K to North) West is

squeezed on the ace of hearts, as he has to

discard before North. Swap the East-West

cards (in C) however . . . and East is not

squeezed. By moving the ®K, North's hand now contains both the twocard

guard (tK10) and the one-card guard (®K). Because North has to

discard before East, the squeeze does not operate. This is a Positional

squeeze because only one defender (here West, discarding first) can be

squeezed.

Love All. Dealer South

´ 10 8

™ J 10 4

t A K Q 3

® K J 10 9

´ 6 5 2 ´ 9 7 4 3

™ K Q 9 6 ™ 8 7 5

t J 9 8 6 t 7 5

® 7 5 ® 8 6 4 2

´ A K Q J

™ A 3 2

t 10 4 2

® A Q 3

´ -

™ -

t K 10

® 2

´ - ´ -

™ - ™ -

t Q J t -

® A ® 5 4 3

´ -

™ A (led)

t 2

® K

N

W E

S

West North East South

2NT

Pass 7NT1 All Pass

1 Only worth 6NT - but that would be no

fun! Perhaps there was a Grand Slam Prize...

An August Squeeze . . .

A Positional Squeeze click

by Andrew Robson

Note, however, that if the East-West hands were

swapped, East would escape. No squeeze would

operate, because dummy, holding both the guards

(™J and tQ3), would have to discard before East.

East could follow his discard, and score the last

trick. It was, therefore, a Positional 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

N

W E

S

A ´ -

™ -

t K 10

® K

´ - ´ -

™ - ™ -

t Q J t -

® A ® 5 4 3

´ -

™ A (led)

t 2

® 2

N

W E

S

B

´ -

™ -

t K 10

® K

´ - ´ -

™ - ™ -

t - t Q J

® 5 4 3 ® A

´ -

™ A (led)

t 2

® 2

N

W E

S

C

´ -

™ J

t Q 3

® -

´ - ´ 9

™ Q ™ 8 7

t J 9 t -

® - ® -

´ J (led)

™ 3

t 10

® -

N

W E

S

On our featured grand slam deal, declarer won

West's king of hearts lead, cashed the ace-king of

diamonds (in case the jack fell), then the clubs,

throwing a heart from hand, and then the spades. As

the last spade was led, West had to discard - fatally -

between the ™Q and the tJ9. Whichever suit he

released, dummy (holding the ™J and the tQ3)

would keep. 13 tricks and grand slam made.

21

August 2019 English Bridge

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