posted January 2011
A classic double-squeeze
Practising your matchpoint killer instincts, you try and make 12 tricks.
Bd: 4 Dlr: West Vul: All North S K H Q108 D AJ8542 C K53 South S Q932 H A5 D K763 C A76 West North East South GIB W GIB N GIB E baboo123 Pass 1D 1S 3NT Pass Pass Pass Trick 1: ST SK SA S2 Trick 2: S8 S9 S5 H8 Trick 3: DK D9 D2 DQ Trick 4: SQ H4 C3 S4
QUIZ: Your 4-card ending?
You know that East is guarding your 3. If West possesses the K he will have to guard the Q, who will guard the third club??
Cash the A now (Vienna Coup) then proceed to run all the diamonds. When the last diamond hits the table, this is the 4-card ending:
North S - H Q D 4 C K5 West East S - S J H K H - D - D - C 982 C QJ10 South S 3 H - D - C A76
Now play off the last diamond in a classic double-squeeze ending. East has to keep the J else your 3 becomes good. You throw the now useless 3, and it is West's turn to squirm. He has to retain his K so he too throws a club. Now K - A - 7 !
The full hands were:
North S K H Q108 D AJ8542 C K53 West East S 105 S AJ8764 H KJ9643 H 72 D 109 D Q C 982 C QJ104 South S Q932 H A5 D K763 C A76
22nd Jan: Received an email from Richard Pavlicek regarding this quiz. He writes:
I was browsing your fun pages and noticed the Jan. 2011 problem solution, which you may want to edit. Location of the HK is actually irrelevant (as is HQ). Proper play is to run 5 diamonds (don't cash SQ) to reach:
- Qx x Kxx Qx Ax - Ax
Then if you think RHO still protects hearts (not clubs) win CA, SQ, CK, last diamond for double squeeze.
If instead you think RHO protects clubs (not hearts), lead last diamond to pitch a heart, then HA, SQ completes the double squeeze (per the actual layout).
Note that hearts could be xx opposite Ax for the same result.
Theory of this squeeze can be found in my Pure Squeeze article (Type 2-C).
Happy new year, my friend, and best to Abby.Richard
Thanks for your input and wishes Richard, and best of 2011 to you and your loved ones! :)