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Squeeze your Opponents!

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Today’s video covers two important topics: one is the Fourth Suit Forcing convention and the other is the simple squeeze. A bid of the fourth suit in an unobstructed auction doesn’t promise cards in that suit–instead, it is an artificial and forcing bid that asks partner for more information about his hand. This is an intermediate/advanced convention that comes in handy when you want to force partner to game but aren’t sure about what strain to play in yet. Partner responds by bidding secondary support for your major suit, or making another natural bid to describe his hand. Later, as declarer, Graeme explains how a fancy play forces one of his opponents to discard his winning cards. The play executed here is called a simple squeeze, and it’s a rather advanced play. But the principle demonstrated applies to players of all levels: often times, cashing your high tricks and delaying a finesse is a winning strategy.

11 Comments

  1. bajir says:

    Gosh, feels like another day where either I’m doing everything wrong or things just aren’t breaking in my favor. So impressed seeing how many of you guys made your 3NT with an extra trick or two as icing on top!

    2nd tricky NT declarer hand in a row – how did you decide how to play it? I wasn’t sure how soon to win with the A, fearing they could go on a tear through the rest of them. Did you win the first trick or hold onto the the A a little longer? And, once it’s gone, we only have one more entry to North – how did you plan for this?

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P 1 P 1
    P 2 P 3N
    P P P

  2. stevewehrle says:

    like you, @bajir – 2 off – I’m in no position to try to answer your very valid questions….. does anyone know a decent teacher to tell us??!!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P 1 P 1
    P 2 P 3
    P 3N P P
    P

  3. chess says:

    I made it. I took the ace and went to clubs
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P 1 P 1
    P 2 P 3N
    P P P

  4. stevewehrle says:

    Well @bajir, I have compensated for lack of talent with persistence…. After trying other tactics, I have, finally, come up with one that works! Firstly, re the bidding, I think that N’s D bid is fourth suit forcing, and doesn’t necessarily show a D stop. In fact, I think that it is more likely to deny a D stop. I, therefore, bid C’s again, showing five (my opening could have been only 3) denying a stop in D, and asking N to choose between his H’s, my C’s, my S’s, or NT’s. 3NT it was.

    The way to guarantee 9 tricks is to rise with the AD on the first round (I figured that I have to lose 3 D tricks, so forget those) In fact, I think that the only way you can make more than 9 is without the D lead and continuations from EW.

    I then led a low H towards T and 9 on table, eventually losing to the AH, but establishing the rest of the H’s. EW now take all their D’s, but that run ends in W’s hand. He could have found a better lead, but leads away from his S’s, giving me A and Q S’s. I then run the H’s, and cash A and K C’s for 9 tricks.

    Wish I could have seen it first time round….
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P 1 P 1
    P 2 P 3
    P 3N P P
    P

  5. Made 10 on this hand.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P 1 P 1
    P 2 P 3N
    P P P

  6. Reading the comments, if it’s any help I just ducked initially if nothing left in the suit to block, pulled out the ace I hadn’t got, then went on to win the rest.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P 1 P 1
    P 2 P 3N
    P P P

  7. missamoi says:

    @greame
    I have no idea where to find your reply
    If i would bid 1c and the rebid 1 S i suppose i then bid reverse and for which i have not enough HCP
    So (seems a pity) but should not mention de S – just bid 1 NT?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P 1 P 1N
    P 3N P P
    P

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