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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If Ashok had played back a trump or a Spade, Declarer would have won in Dummy, cashed ♣J or ♠Ace (discarding a Heart from hand), whichever was the remaining winner, entered his hand with the Ace and removed all of South's trumps to reach the following five-card ending.

 

 

 

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

 

North cannot keep any Spade in the five-card position. He has to keep three Diamonds and two Hearts. If he comes down to two Diamonds, Declarer will get an extra trick with Dummy's fourth Diamond. Declarer will simply play the DT, ruff the Spade return and cash Diamonds using the King entry to Dummy. Once North's hand is stripped of Spades, South can play an interesting criss-cross squeeze without the count. In the diagrammed position, he simply plays the last trump and discards a Heart from Dummy. If North parts with a Heart, Declarer will play a Heart to the King and then play a small Diamond. If North discards a Diamond, South continues with the Ten!

 

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