Playing in no-trumps, South leads the
The heart suit in this layout is the "pivot" suit. West must guard spades, East clubs, so neither can protect hearts. This scenario is called a "simultaneous" squeeze because both defenders are squeezed on the same trick.
This layout is also called a "positional" squeeze because it relies on dummy's menace card (the
When declarer leads the
An example of a non-positional double squeeze:
Unlike the previous example, both one-card menaces (the
It does not matter if the defender's hands are exchanged. Hence this squeeze is "non-positional." But like the previous example, this is a simultaneous squeeze because both defenders are squeezed on the same trick.
An example of a non-simultaneous squeeze:
Declarer leads the
The following is a hand from the 2000 IOC Grand Prix Generali Trophy in Switzerland. It features a non-simultaneous double squeeze by France's Jean-Christophe Quantin, declaring
"Nine trumps missing the queen is just acceptable for a Grand Slam, but there was also the problem of taking care of the third club, dummy having such poor trumps. The state of France's position in the table justified the gamble.
"West found the best lead of a small spade, won in the South hand. Quantin led a low trump, getting the good news when West showed out. I say good because at least he now knew what to do in the trump suit. However, as two finesses would be needed to pick up East's queen, it was no longer possible to ruff the club.
Quantin won the
"South crossed to dummy's other diamond, and ruffed a diamond. As dummy's fourth spade had gone, West was able to throw another spade, but when the last trump arrived he had to unguard clubs. Quantin released dummy's small spade, and crossed to the
"On the last trump declarer could also have discarded a diamond from dummy, cashed the top diamond, and then tested the spades with a ruff. The last trump then operates a normal double squeeze."
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