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#1 User is offline   sfi 

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Posted 2017-October-24, 04:08



I was holding the East cards on the weekend and my opponent came down to the end position shown in the diagram (the contract was 3NT). On the diamond jack lead I was caught in an unusual squeeze position, which I could appreciate because it was only the second overtrick at IMPs.

Does anyone know the name of this position?
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Posted 2017-October-24, 04:42

As for the right technical name for this squeeze, I'd let someone world class/expert player put me right.

However, as far as I am concerned it is a "Single Positional Squeeze with Stepping Stone" It's quite nice. Thanks for posting. It would be also interesting to know, if at all possible, how declarer arrived at the end position.
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Posted 2017-October-24, 04:48

View PostThe_Badger, on 2017-October-24, 04:42, said:

It would be also interesting to know, if at all possible, how declarer arrived at the end position.


I'll post the full hand when I have a bit more time. Unfortunately the viewgraph record is incomplete, including showing them playing in their 3-2 diamond fit, or I could simply point you to it.
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Posted 2017-October-24, 05:08

Yes, I think that it's some sort of stepping stone squeeze.

Since declarer has two winner's (7 and J) he has presumably had to rely on this squeeze because of a lack of entries? (Or he mangled the entries!?)
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Posted 2017-October-24, 05:12

This looks like what Terence Reese named the "vice" squeeze.
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Posted 2017-October-24, 05:29

View PostWellSpyder, on 2017-October-24, 05:12, said:

This looks like what Terence Reese named the "vice" squeeze.


I thought the vice was where both opponents were squeezed in the same 2 suits
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Posted 2017-October-24, 06:13

I don't think it is a vice-squeeze. Wiki gives the ingredients of that quite well:

https://en.wikipedia...ki/Vice_squeeze

It does not seem to be a clash squeeze either. I think it is a stepping-stone guard squeeze where partner is effectively finessed by the pin. A version of a guard squeeze, perhaps. It is pretty anyway, whatever its name!

https://en.wikipedia...i/Guard_squeeze
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Posted 2017-October-24, 06:55

View Postsfi, on 2017-October-24, 04:08, said:

I was holding the East cards on the weekend and my opponent came down to the end position shown in the diagram (the contract was 3NT). On the diamond jack lead I was caught in an unusual squeeze position, which I could appreciate because it was only the second overtrick at IMPs.Does anyone know the name of this position?

Agree with wellspyder. If you move 8-J around as in the diagram on the left, then it's a classical vice-squeeze.

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Posted 2017-October-24, 07:27

Let's just call it a " Vice Pin Stepping Stone Squeeze". Incidentially, it isn't a Double or Triple Squeeze, so can't be technically called a Guard Squeeze as such which, I believe, is a type of triple squeeze.

Technically as the defenders do hold a winning position if on lead in s, it is a form of vice squeeze of sorts, so well done WellSpyder.

The pin aspect is just another dimension.
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Posted 2017-October-24, 07:37

View PostCyberyeti, on 2017-October-24, 05:29, said:

I thought the vice was where both opponents were squeezed in the same 2 suits

I think Kelsey describes a double vice in his book on double-squeezes, but the classic vice squeeze only squeezes one opponent.

At the end of the day, I guess Shakespeare was right that it is the beauty of the end position that counts, not its name. Or, as he put it, "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet".
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Posted 2017-October-24, 08:01

Here is the full hand. Step through to see the play, which I think I have right.



I got the end position slightly wrong (dummy had a low spade rather than a winning club), so Tramticket's concern about declarer's play is not founded after all. Obviously our defence wasn't optimal, but it did lead to a very pretty ending.
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Posted 2017-October-24, 13:10

Yes, it is another vice ending position where the A that in base matrice is usually in E and K in dummy making the pick-up double menace here is in W and K in S instead.
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Posted 2017-October-25, 08:26

A two suit squeeze with a threatened stepping stone.
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Posted 2017-October-25, 11:46

very itresting possision! I mean is double lock! I Love this!
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Posted 2017-October-25, 20:56

ı think it is called "guard squeeze"
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Posted 2017-October-26, 16:43

Thanks all.
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