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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, October 2nd, 2021


A V Ramana RaoOctober 16th, 2021 at 10:59 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Yes, pitching club four on heart A retaining deuce and making it the grandslam going trick is sheer artistry. Well played

A V Ramana RaoOctober 16th, 2021 at 11:03 am

But again, an initial club lead would have taken the contract down as it would break the squeeze as clubs is the only suit with which declarer can come to hand

A V Ramana RaoOctober 16th, 2021 at 11:13 am

Sorry, after posting, I realised that an initial spade lead too breaks the contract as south cannot test hearts without reaching dummy in spades and if he does so, he loses communication with dummy and west is not inconvenienced. And perhaps south should be playing seven diamonds in which only an initial spade lead beats the contract

jim2October 16th, 2021 at 12:25 pm

As the text said, “squeeze chances,” meaning that two or more squeezes were possible. Our Host had no text room to more.

One other potential squeeze was a major suit squeeze of West who could have been, for example, 4-4-1-4 with queens in all long suits. When West discarded on the second heart, that squeeze could be ruled out. East had the heart guard. If East also had a spade guard, then no squeeze was possible. (East had shown five hearts and a diamond leaving no room to also have the sole club suit guard, ruling out that squeeze.)

Since no simple squeeze would work, that left only a double squeeze. For that to work, declarer had to ASSUME West had the sole spade guard, making spades 4-2, in addition to the “known” club guard.

This meant that the run of the diamonds would produce a spade-club squeeze against West, while the spade after the diamonds would produce a heart club squeeze against East.

I may have missed some, but my point is that declarer did not initially know what squeeze might work, but learned it during the play of the hand.

bobbywolffOctober 16th, 2021 at 3:04 pm

Hi AVRR & Jim2,

Thanks for your special “tells” which describe in necessary detail both “tips” to better understand the “power” of various squeezes, the timing of them (and what defense, usually the opening lead), can arbitrarily defeat them.

While no doubt, among the more difficult tasks for relatively new players, the ones with more latent arithmetical talent will learn the elements quicker than others, I love to, at the very least,
sometimes include those elements for others to not only see in action, but LOVE the winning solution.

And speaking of love, as you two are no doubt familiar with, a man named Clyde Love has written, long ago, and AFAIK, still the most comprehensive book on all types of them as a vehicle to better understand the complete inner workings of them, with a great teachers bent, “the best way to learn about how to establish and then properly time and fully execute them”, with many helpful hints, for a profitable and successful ending.

Again, much thanks to both of you for your valuable contributions.