Breaking a Squeeze

One of the nicest features of OKB is that you can review how others have played a hand. If the hand was played in a Tourney, simply check the webpage. Curiosity always wins when there is a possible squeeze. The hands that follow show what I am talking about.


Hand 1

OKB     IMP's Tourney    Feb 28     Board 23  



Dlr: South
Vul: Both




J 10 5
A K Q 2
K 9 3
K 9 8

8 4
J 9 5 3
Q 6 5 4
J 6 2

 

K Q 6 3 2
10 8 6
J 10 2
7 5






A 9 7
7 4
A 8 7
A Q 10 4 3

Contract = 6NT   by   West

Where declarer received the lead of the 8, declarer ducked, and won the usual switch of the 8, and proceeded to come down to the ending as depicted below :








J
2
K 9
- - -

- - -
J
Q 6 5
- - -



K
- - -
J 10 2
- - -






- - -
- - -
A 8 7
10

Declarer now plays off the 10 from dummy, and South, in order to retain his spade guard, lets go a diamond. Declarer pitches the spade jack, and North also has to pitch a diamond, else the heart deuce makes. Declarer wins the diamond king, ace, and another.

For +1440.

How can this slam be beaten ?

Solution at the foot of this page.
(Try solving it before peeking)



Hand 2

OKB     IMP's     Week 13     Board 731  



Dlr: South
Vul: None




AKJ9872
10
A Q J 8
J

10 3
J 8 6 3
10 9 5 3
Q 5 2

 

6 4
A 7 5 4
K 6 4 2
K 9 8






Q 5
K Q 9 2
7
A 10 7 6 4 3

Contract: 4   by   West.   Lead: 10.

In a contract of 4 the diamond 10 lead looks natural. Declarer ruffed two diamonds and claimed 6. Conceded fast.

I looked at other scores and saw quite a few in slam - making. Many received a diamond lead, yes. Then I got to FOREST, who received a trump lead. Heart 10 at trick 2, small, queen, ace. Another trump came back.   Yet FOREST made 6!! Wow.   I printed it out and studied it later.



Yes... I can see now... FOREST won the trump return at trick 3 on the table with the lady, cashed the heart king discarding a diamond, and then took the diamond finesse. He needed it. He cashed the diamond ace, and then came a string of trumps:






7
- -
Q
J

- -
J
- -
Q 5



- -
- -
K
K 9






- -
9
- -
A 10

Declarer now plays his last trump.

North has to retain the heart guard and discards a club. Dummy pitches the heart, having served its purpose. And poor South has to retain the diamond.

The club 10 made!!!     Well played, Forest!

How can this slam be beaten ?

Solution below.
(Try solving it before peeking)




SOLUTIONS    


Hand 1


Lead a diamond. Also, South must return a diamond when the spade is ducked to him.

Declarer has insoluble entry problems.

Abby did lead a diamond when ketil was playing the hand, and we beat it one.

Hand 2


Lead a spade, yes, to cut down on the diamond ruffs. Best for declarer is to try the heart at trick 2 (in case the ace is onside). Alas, the ace is off.

To render the double squeeze stillborn, it is imperative to switch to a club now. The king is the right choice since it caters for declarer having the stiff queen;

Attack the entry!!



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