Saturday, September 19, 2009

"Either-Or" squeeze (2)

Here another Either-Or squeeze:

Dealer:South
Vul:n/a
Scoring:MP
AQ542
5
65
AK965
963
J43
984
QJ43
KJ87
KQ7
KQT7
T7
T
AT9862
AJ32
82


The auction went:
1 - 1NT!
2! - 2!
2 - 3
pass
(1NT was semi forcing; 2 Gazzilli; shows 8-11HCP)

This wasn't a great auction. I was sitting South and had a problem when partner showed <15HCP and (2)3+. I decided to just go for 3 and see what happens (this is less than invite, otherwise I would've started with 2 instead of 1NT). With the North hand I'd have rebid 3 instead of Gazzilli since it's 2 good suits and a perfect distribution for it.

Anyway, we got to a playable contract.

West lead 9 to the Queen which I ducked smoothly. 7 came back to T and J, and another was played to my AJ. East decided to play the T for my J.

Now I played A (East dropped the King), followed by AK and a ruff (East discarded J). I exited a trump to East's Queen. This was the situation:

Dealer:South
Vul:n/a
Scoring:MP
AQ5
-
-
96
963
-
4
Q
K87
-
K7
-
T
86
A3
-


East played his K but everything was already lost. I had a tenance against West and a tenance against East, so whoever held K would be squeezed.

An "Either-Or" squeeze is technically a simple squeeze (against 1 opponent), but you play it like a double squeeze. Cash your 2 trumps. On the last trump you can squeeze either opponent if he holds the K:

Dealer:South
Vul:n/a
Scoring:MP
AQ
-
-
9
K?6
-
-
Q
K?8
-
7
-
T
6
3
-


3+1 was a cold top. West should've played as soon as he won a trick to break up all communications. I don't know why he didn't.

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