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#1 User is offline   nige1 

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Posted 2020-June-24, 20:27


Franco Baseggio describes this beautiful ending in his Squeeze Topics series on BridgeWinners.
South to lead at No-trumps and make 2 more tricks,

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Posted 2020-June-25, 00:50

That's very neat Nige1
I hope you don't mind, I used my Samsung tablet to help solve it - I hope this is the right answer Posted Image
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non est deus ex machina; även maskiner behöver lite kärlek; Wanneer elk gezegend ding dat u vasthoudt is gemaakt van zilver of van goud, verlangt u naar eenvoudig tin; Lätt som en plätt
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Posted 2020-June-25, 02:58

Play the K. If West throws the A, cash 2. If West throws the A, overtake and cash the 2. If West throws the A, play low, then throw East in with the 2, who has only a spade left to lead to North.

Is it realistic for anyone to identify the possibility of such a situation in real time and play for it?
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Posted 2020-June-25, 03:10

I doubt it. It took ages to glue the little cards onto the blocks for starters.
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Posted 2020-June-25, 03:13

View PostAL78, on 2020-June-25, 02:58, said:

Play the K. If West throws the A, cash 2. If West throws the A, overtake and cash the 2. If West throws the A, play low, then throw East in with the 2, who has only a spade left to lead to North. Is it realistic for anyone to identify the possibility of such a situation in real time and play for it?
Well played Pilowski and AL78. For the full deal, see http://bridgewinners...eeze-what-else/. As you can verify, declarer succeeded at the table, even although the actual play was more complex, requiring what superficially appears to be a practice finesse :)
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Posted 2020-June-25, 04:20

If you want a few more of these, you can try Coffin's great 88: http://www.rpbridge.net/8g01.htm

I'll leave it to you to work out if this ending is in there (I had a quick look but it didn't jump out at me).
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Posted 2020-June-25, 08:55

I hazard a guess it's some form of entry shifting squeeze but I usually guess wrong :(
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Posted 2020-June-25, 09:03

View PostFelicityR, on 2020-June-25, 08:55, said:

I hazard a guess it's some form of entry shifting squeeze but I usually guess wrong :(


It's solved above, it's a nice little squeeze where when W has to discard on K, he has to pitch the club or you're just solid, whereupon you simply lead your club as a stepping stone and E has to give you the other spade.
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Posted 2020-June-25, 09:20

I dare say no one not playing with the cards face up has ever gotten to the last three tricks of a hand where all the aces and two of the kings have yet to be played. Of course, those Aces could be queens or kings and the squeeze position would still work. Bridge is a fascinating game.
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Posted 2020-June-25, 09:24

View Postsfi, on 2020-June-25, 04:20, said:

If you want a few more of these, you can try Coffin's great 88: http://www.rpbridge.net/8g01.htm I'll leave it to you to work out if this ending is in there (I had a quick look but it didn't jump out at me).
Hugh Darwen's amazing Double Dummy Corner https://www.doubledummy.net/ is even more challenging.


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