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Case of the double squeeze

Sept. 13, 1965
Sept. 13, 1965

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Sept. 13, 1965

Still-Water Trout
You're All Right
Scouting Reports
People
Fishing
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

Case of the double squeeze

"To most bridge players the squeeze play is a mystery. In the typical squeeze, declarer runs a long suit forcing one or both opponents to leave a valuable card or cards unprotected. But occasionally a play occurs in which the declarer himself is squeezed. This is what happened at the World Championship in Buenos Aires, not once but twice.

This is an article from the Sept. 13, 1965 issue Original Layout

The first time, Terence Reese, still in good standing, went down at what had seemed a safe contract (above). In the other room the Italians were set in four hearts, but British conservatism fared even worse at three diamonds.

Reese won the heart opening with dummy's ace and tried for a quick heart discard by playing three rounds of spades, but Belladonna ruffed the third spade with the diamond 10. Reese discarded his heart loser, and Belladonna continued with the heart king, forcing declarer to ruff. Reese led the diamond queen. Avarelli won with the ace and led a fourth spade. Belladonna ruffed with the diamond 7, and Reese had to take the trick, winning with the king and returning a diamond, hoping for a favorable division.

However, Avarelli won with the 9, cashed the jack and led the fifth spade, squeezing dummy. Reese, not happy, threw a low club from dummy, whereupon Belladonna discarded the 9 of hearts. Reese ruffed the trick, but the defenders gathered in the last three club tricks for a 300-point set.

Not long after, Garozzo and Forquet also squeezed the dummy (below). East could not open with one club because that would show a big hand, so he had to bid one diamond. This induced what seemed to be a highly favorable lead for declarer, who won the first trick with the jack over East's diamond 9. With the spots as they chanced to be, Konstam could have won four diamonds by dropping the queen and 7. But when he led the 7 of hearts to the 10, Forquet cashed the ace of hearts and returned a diamond, which Konstam allowed to run to dummy's 10. West won with the queen and exited with a diamond.

Declarer cashed two top diamonds and continued hearts. West won with the 9 and led a spade to the jack and king. Declarer's spade continuation was won by Forquet's ace, and Forquet underled his ace of clubs to let Garozzo win the king and cash the high heart. By this time dummy was down to the high spade and the jack-9 of clubs. If he tossed a club, Garozzo would lead a club to Forquet's ace-10. If he discarded his spade, Garozzo would cash a spade and lead a club to his partner's ace. Either way, defense had the last two tricks for down one.

Both sides vulnerable South dealer

NORTH

[King of Spades]
[Queen of Spades]
[Jack of Spades]
[9 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[Queen of Hearts]
[Jack of Hearts]
[10 of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[8 of Diamonds]
[Queen of Clubs]
[Jack of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]

WEST

[10 of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[3 of Spades]
[2 of Spades]
[6 of Hearts]
[4 of Hearts]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[9 of Diamonds]
[King of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]

SOUTH

[Ace of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[8 of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[King of Diamonds]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]
[9 of Clubs]
[7 of Clubs]
[6 of Clubs]

EAST

[8 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[King of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[10 of Diamonds]
[7 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[10 of Clubs]
[8 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]

SOUTH
(Reese)

PASS
2 [Diamond]
3 [Diamond]

WEST
(Avarelli)

PASS
PASS
PASS

NORTH
(Schapiro)

1 [Heart]
2 [Spade]
PASS

EAST
(Belladonna)

PASS
PASS
PASS

Opening lead: 6 of hearts

Neither side vulnerable East dealer

NORTH

[Queen of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[King of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[10 of Diamonds]
[8 of Diamonds]
[Jack of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[6 of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]

WEST

[9 of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[3 of Spades]
[2 of Spades]
[Queen of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[6 of Hearts]
[4 of Hearts]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[7 of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]
[King of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]

SOUTH

[King of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[Jack of Hearts]
[8 of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[King of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]
[Queen of Clubs]
[7 of Clubs]

EAST

[Ace of Spades]
[Jack of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[10 of Hearts]
[9 of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[10 of Clubs]
[8 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]

EAST
(Forquet)

1 [Diamond]
PASS
PASS

SOUTH
(Konstam)

1 [Heart]
1 N.T.

WEST
(Garozzo)

PASS
PASS

NORTH
(Schapiro)

1 [Spade]
PASS

Opening lead: 2 of diamonds