Magazine article The Spectator

Winning Squeeze

Magazine article The Spectator

Winning Squeeze

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I'VE often heard it said, tongue-in-cheek, that experts never take finesses. Well, of course that's nonsense: experts finesse all the time, although it's true that they'd much rather look for an end-play or squeeze that eliminates the element of luck.

Most non-experts are convinced that a 'squeeze' is something they'd never be able to do, but the truth is that many squeezes are very straightforward. It wasn't hard to set up a squeeze rather than rely on a finesse when the following hand cropped up at rubber bridge:

West led the [clubs]Q. I won with the [clubs]A in hand, drew trumps and began playing hearts - if they split no worse than 4-2, one ruff would establish the suit and provide a discard for a second club. But when East showed out on the [hearts]K, I had to think again. …

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