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# Freshly Squeezed

by Richard Pavlicek

Each of these 6 NT contracts can be made with a squeeze play.
Do you have what it takes? Decide how you would play.

## Problem 1

 6 NT SouthNone Vul A K Q 5 A Q 10 7 6 10 9 8 7 WestPassPass North2 6 NT EastPassAll Pass SOUTH1 NT2 Lead: K 10 3 2 K 2 A 10 3 2 A K Q J If you duck, West continues Q

 A. Win A; A-K-Q-J B. Duck; win A; A-K-Q-J C. Duck; win A; A-K-Q D. Duck; win A; K-Q-A

### Solution

You have 11 top tricks. Squeeze plays usually require that you can win all but one of the remaining tricks. Therefore, you should duck the first trick so you will have 11 winners out of 12.

Assume West continues with the Q and you take the ace. The proper play is to cash three clubs, two spades (in case the jack drops doubleton), three hearts (pitching a diamond), then the last club which will squeeze West.

West held: J-9-8-7 9-4-3 K-Q-J-8 5-3

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## Problem 2

 6 NT SouthNone Vul A 4 K 3 2 A K 10 9 8 7 K 5 WestPassPassPass North1 3 6 NT EastPassPassAll Pass SOUTH1 1 3 NT Lead: J Q 5 3 2 A Q Q 2 Q J 10 9 8

 A. Win A-Q; lead 8 to king B. Win A; lead 8 to king C. Win A; Q; K D. Win A; Q; finesse 10

### Solution

You have seven top tricks and can establish four more by forcing out the A. You have to be careful with your communication.

Win the A and cash the Q to unblock the suit. Lead a club to the king, and continue clubs until the ace is driven out. Assume a heart is returned to dummy’s king and you discard a spade. Cash the A (key play), cross to the Q, and win your remaining clubs. The last club will squeeze East.

East held: K-J-9 7-6-5-4 J-6-5-4 4-2

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## Problem 3

 6 NT SouthBoth Vul A K 5 4 7 6 2 J 3 2 4 3 2 WestPass North6 NT EastAll Pass SOUTH3 NT Lead: 10 Q J 2 A K Q A K 4 A Q 6 5

 A. Win Q-J; A-K B. Win Q-J; lead 5 C. Win Q; lead 5 D. Win K; lead 2 to queen

### Solution

You have 10 top tricks and need the K onside to have any chance. This gives you 11 tricks (out of 13) so you must duck a club early to be within one trick of your goal.

Win the Q and lead a low club from your hand. It makes no difference, but assume a spade is returned and you win the jack. Next cash all your top cards in the red suits, cross to dummy with a spade, and lead the last spade (pitching a diamond) to squeeze East.

East held: 7-6-3 9-8-4 Q-10-8 K-J-9-8

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