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WHILE the vast majority of bridge played in Bridge

Club Live is in our drop-in-drop-out Match Pointed

Pairs Room, we have two very popular marathon

events. One is a Butler IMPs Pairs League, with

eleven fortnightly matches of eighteen boards each

per division, run twice a year. The other is a Swiss

Pairs, with six fortnightly matches of eighteen

boards, run three times a year, with each board

played around forty times for good comparisons.

Most of those in slam on this board from a recent

Swiss Pairs series went off, so twelve tricks in a spade

game was worth a reasonable 72%.

Only one declarer made all thirteen tricks!

´ A J 4

™ A K 9 4 3

t A 8 5 4

® 8

´ K 6 ´ 10 5 3

™ Q 7 6 5 ™ 10 8 2

t K Q 10 7 6 2 t 9 3

® J ® 10 6 4 3 2

´ Q 9 8 7 2

™ J

t J

® A K Q 9 7 5

Victor Ridding of Manchester started playing online

bridge around eighteen years ago. He was South,

partnering Ros Hunt of Cambridge, and he was

declarer in 5´.

The tK was led. Victor won with the tA and led

the ®8 to his ace, noting the fall of the ®J. Victor

now led the ´2 to the ´J. This is far superior to

running the ´Q as many tried. The ´A dropped the

´K, and now Victor, being able to guarantee twelve

tricks, started looking for his thirteenth.

The t4 was ruffed and then the ®5 trumped,

declarer being disappointed that the clubs didn't

break 4-2. Time for a squeeze! And straight away, as

the t5 was led from dummy to be ruffed, East was

under pressure. He needed all his clubs so threw a

heart. He could have ruffed (and been overruffed)

but when declarer led his last trump at trick eight,

the pressure would have been on again.

On this last trump, West threw D10 and dummy

a heart and we were here:

´ -

™ A K 9 4

t 8

® -

´ - ´ -

™ Q 7 6 5 ™ 10 8

t Q t -

® - ® 10 6 4

´ -

™ J

t -

® K Q 9 7

Having forced East down to two hearts, South

turned his attention to West.

On the ®K lead, there was no problem as West

could release the ™5, but the ®Q lead saw West in

trouble. He had to keep the tQ so away went the

™6, and declarer could throw the t8 - its work, as

they say, having been done.

With both defenders forced down to two hearts

each, declarer abandoned clubs and led the ™J,

overtaking in dummy with the ™A to cash the ™K

and enjoy the established ™9 for the thirteenth

trick. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what they

call a Non-Simultaneous Double Squeeze! Well

done, Victor!

So it turns out that we now know that a heart

opening lead would have broken up the squeeze, but

I don't think we can hold criminal charges against

West for the obvious tK lead!

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