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
´ 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
® 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
´ - ´ -
™ Q 7 6 5 ™ 10 8
t Q t -
® - ® 10 6 4
® 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
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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August 2015 English Bridge
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Victor's 13th Trick - by Barrie Partridge