Everyone has heard about rectifying the count in preparation for a squeeze, but how about rectifying the number of losers? After all, you cannot squeeze anyone if your hand contains nothing but winners.

            North           
AQ108
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WestJ5East
76AKJ10743J542
AK8743Q52
984SouthAQ762
65SK938
HJ1096
DK103
CQ92


Against 3NT, East won the diamond lead (? Don't ask why a heart wasn't started) and returned a diamond. It's obvious that finessing yields a twelfth trick here, but at the table declarer played the king, thus creating a loser for herself. Was this a bad play? No, because on the run of the clubs East got squeezed in spades and diamonds:


            North           
AQ108
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West-East
763J542
AK-
9SouthQ
-SK93-
HJ
D10
C-


Want to see that again?


            North           
95
AQ6
WestAQ83East
Q10743286546
K2J109854
107SouthK65
A102SAKJ8QJ9
H73
DJ942
CK73


South       West       North        East       
112Pass
2NTPass3NTAll Pass


West led a spade to South's 8. At trick 2 declarer led a diamond to the queen, which East for some reason allowed to win. Ace and another diamond put East on lead (West pitching a spade):

            North           
9
AQ6
West8East
Q10738654-
K2J109854
-South-
A102SAKJQJ9
H73
DJ
CK73


East now played the club queen, jack and another club, semi-endplaying West while simultaneously establishing dummy's long club. (This was not exactly a high-caliber game.) West, knowing a spade return would let declarer claim, tried a tricky 2. Declarer had marked West with the K for his overcall, but played the ace!


            North           
9
Q6
West8East
Q10738-
KJ10985
-South-
-SAKJ-
H7
DJ
C-


Declarer now cashed the 8 pitching his J. He then cashed the 8 (tossing his heart) to squeeze West in the majors. Showoff!

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