Playing in a regional open pairs against a famous pro on my left and
a client on my right, I pick up in second seat
KQ10975 3 J3 K932
The client opens a weak two in hearts on my right and I have a problem.
A 2 bid is technically an overbid, but passing may end up letting
them play the hand when we have a game. Remembering the advice that the
partner short in the preemptor's suit should strain to bid in order to
take pressure off partner, I overcall 2. The pro raises to 3,
and after pronounced agony, partner jumps to 4, ending the auction.
The pro leads the Q and I get this dummy:
While laying down the dummy, partner says, ``Don't make seven.'' West,
famous for his reserved manner, replies to my partner, ``What have you
been smoking?'' After a few guffaws from around the table and a red-faced
partner, the Q holds and the pro continues with the A.
He exits with a low diamond and I win with the King. I cash the trump
Ace and everyone follows. I continue with a diamond from dummy and East
pitches a heart while I ruff. I cross back to the J and East pitches
another heart. What is going on?
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East had one spade and two diamonds. He also probably had six hearts and four
clubs. I ruff a heart from dummy and West follows with the deuce, so I can
claim, ``Drawing trumps, double squeeze.'' The pro looks at my hand and says,
``Play it out.'' I reply ``It is actually a single squeeze played as a double.
Your partner will be squeezed in hearts and clubs, but if you had held the club
guard, I would have had you in clubs and diamonds. Making five?'' He still
wants me to play a few more cards, so I draw trumps keeping three clubs and
a heart in dummy. The pro follows to all the trumps (HE wasn't squeezed) but
his partner refuses to part with any cards. By this time, we all have four
cards and he has six and has tried to throw in his hand three times. Finally
(I am playing this hand face up since the claim) the pro acquiesces and we
score +450 for a surprising 11+ out of 12 matchpoints.
Copyright © 1992 Jeff Goldsmith