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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.

21 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

    • graeme says:

      @stevewehrle asked around, couldn’t find one. But hold that thought, putting together a video for you. It’s a really fun hand!


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

      • annettelarke says:

        @graeme looking forward to the video Graeme – this type of hand always has me baffled

      • gerryg says:

        Dear Graeme about scoring. I go to a Bridge club and play duplicate. Can you please help me understand that scoring?

        • graeme says:

          Hi @gerryg,
          Duplicate scoring does take a bit to get your head around. We can go into the details if you like, let me know, but the only really important thing to know is that you are comparing your scores to others holding the same cards.
          Imagine you’re feeling happy because you just bid 4H and made 4, vulnerable, for 620 points. Your score is calculated by comparing with other players who held the same cards so if they’re all making 4H you’ll just get an average score. If they’re all making 5H for a a score of 650 you’ll get a bottom score because their 650 beats your 620.
          On the other hand, suppose at every table except yours opposition the opposition bid 7NT and make 7 for a score of 2220 to them. At your table the opposition are in 7H making 7 for a score of 2210 to them. You lost 2210 points but everyone else holding your cards lost 2220 so you get a top score!
          That’s it in a nutshell. Let me know if you’re totally baffled or it makes some sense.

          • gerryg says:

            Dear Graeme, I’m amazed that you replied, thank you. I think I get your explanation and I think this means I need to learn to sacrifice bid more often? I think 3 NT plus 1 is often better than bidding and getting 4 of a major so what are the best contracts to look for first? What are the basic rules for adjusting your bidding according to vulnerability? Sorry if these questions are asking for too much. As I say I’m most impressed with your reply so far.

        • graeme says:

          Hi @gerryg,
          Always happy to help. This is a big topic and not something to be learned in one sitting. We discuss it a lot on hands that come up during the daily deals so just keep playing and asking and little by little it’ll start to make more sense.
          Here’s a video I did recently that explains things a little more:
          https://skybridgeclub.com/sacrifice-bids/
          Please let me know if that helps at all.

          • gerryg says:

            That is a fantastic teaching video thank you so much and well done. I don’t know how to get a full list of your videos? I’m not that fond of the computer, I mainly use it for your site and my emails, so I don’t know my way round u tube and I’m not comfortable talking on your site (shy). Can you please recommend more on bidding videos? I’ve been a member for years, obviously missing out on all the treasures there are. A small annoying point is how can I stay logged in, I press the remember me button! I’m sure I shouldn’t be bothering you with this technical question, sorry.

        • graeme says:

          Hang in there, @gerryg, you’re doing great on the computer. We’re just doing a bit of work on the learn page to make things easier to find. Please give us a few days to do a little more tidying.

  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

    • graeme says:

      Hi @missamoi, bidding a new suit at the 1 level is never a reverse. It’s only a reverse if your second suit is higher than your first suit and at a higher level. Think of a bid of 2 of your first suit as a barrier. In this case you opened 1C so 2C would be the barrier. If you don’t go beyond the barrier it’s not a reverse. 1S is below 2C so it’s ok.

  8. alicja says:

    @graeme, thanks for “Fourth Suit Forcing”video. I will certainly add it to my bidding techniques as I did e.g.”reverse” and “barrier principle”. For me, very helpfull your explanation why N didn’t bid 2 or 3H.
    I think I use the ‘squesse your opponents’ if I am not in a muddle with the cards that have done. Although I had no idea that it is a special method with a name.
    Thank you

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