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RUIA final, Session 2, Deal 17 Discussion: A squeeze without count!

  ♠ Q J 9 3
Q 10 8 4
K Q 9 7 5
♣ Void
OPEN
ROOM
BIDDING
West...
D Roy
- -
2NT
4♣
4
Pass
North..
Choksi
1
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
East...
Master
2♣
3
4
6♣
Pass
South..
Gupta
Pass
Pass
Pass
Dbl
- -
♠ A 10 7 2
K 5 2
J 8 4 3
♣ J 7
  ♠ Void
A 9 6 3
A 10 2
♣ A K 10 9 6 3
Lead:
Result:
Score
♠ 4
Down 2
NS:300
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  ♠ K 8 6 5 4
J 7
6
♣ Q 8 5 4 2
CLOSE
ROOM
BIDDING
West...
Venky
- -
2NT
Pass
Pass
North..
Shah
1
3♣
Pass
Pass
East...
Prabha
2♣
3
5♣
Pass
South..
Ruia
Pass
3♠
Dbl
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      Lead:
Result
Score
6
Down 1
NS: 100
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From the bidding and the play to first two tricks, North was marked with a 4450 hand. His ♦K97 were sitting over West's J84 so Declarer didn't have two easy Diamond tricks, but a red suit squeeze would have helped in forcing North to give up control in one of the red suits.

If Ashok had played back a Spade, Declarer would have won in Dummy with the ♠A and cashed trumps. If Ashok had backed a trump, Declarer would have won the ♣J in Dummy, cashed ♠A, and entered the Closed hand with the ♥A to cash Trumps to remove South's trumps. This would be the five-card ending. On the run of trumps, North would have had to discard all his Spades so that he could hold on to three Diamonds and two Hearts.

 

 

 

  ♠  - -
Q 10 
K 9 7
♣ Void
♠ - -
K 5
J 8 4
♣ - -
  ♠ Void
 9 6
10 2
♣ 6
  ♠ K 8 6 5

- -
♣ - -

 

Declarer would play his last trump and discard a Heart from Dummy. North has to keep three Diamonds. If he comes down to two Diamonds, Declarer will simply concede a trick to ♦K and get two Diamond tricks. And if North discards a Heart, Declarer could play a Heart to Dummy's King and play a small Diamond. North will only get his  ♦K.

Ashok's Heart shift attacked Declarer's link suit, the Hearts. If the Declarer won it in Dummy, there would be no late entry to Dummy so there won't be any squeeze. If he won the ♥J with the ♥A in the Closed hand, there would be no late entry into the Close hand. Thus, Ashok destroyed the squeeze machine nipping the squeeze in the bud.

 

 

 

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