A Blind Spot: Answer
Playing in a club qualifier for the Grand National Pairs
(doesn't that sound so much better than "North American
Open Pairs?"), this hand arose:
2 was game forcing unless 3 is rebid.
How would you have bid the two hands?
It's OK, but I like this better:
| 2|| 2|
| 2NT|| 3|
| 4|| Pass|
That has the disadvantage, however, of almost
ensuring a trump lead.
Over to you.
Spades are 5-2 (they lead 4th best and RHO didn't continue them)
and clubs 2-5. How are the red suits? If hearts are 3-3, either
of two lines works: (A) cash K, ruff a spade, run trumps and squeeze
RHO in the minors. (B) overtake K, run trumps, and squeeze RHO in
the minors. This would have been a double squeeze, only LHO has
already unguarded diamonds. If hearts are 2-4, line A works, and
if they are 4-2, line B works, only you'll lose a trump trick on
the way. If hearts were 5-1, someone probably would have doubled.
Note that Line A should have failed already because LHO should
have ruffed the third club. He might have erred.
Not playing against superstars, it's probably right to cash a high
diamond. When LHO drops the J, play him for four hearts
and take line B, the only winning line in the actual lie of the cards.
It seems easy to miss line B; after all, we are promoting a trump
trick for them unnecessarily. Did you have a blind spot to miss it?
What kind of squeeze is this? A submarine squeeze occurs when
the squeeze card is a loser. A suicide squeeze occurs when the
squeeze card is a defender's winner. What is it when the squeeze
card is a defender's loser?
For lack of anything better, I think this is a submarine suicide
squeeze; a defender is squeezing his partner on a losing trick.
Aug. 15, 1996