Gladiator

Hi all

My preparation for the Marin sectional consisted of sleeping in a tent, watching deer and chipmunks, and drink Pinot Grigio from a bottle as Sanne and I both had forgotten to bring glasses on our camping trip.

Geoff and I teamed up again with Drew and Bill. There was not a lot of room to score, throw in some random successful insanity by your opponents and you go home having scored just above average.

South Dealer
NS Vul
North
QJ9
K74
Q42
AT87
West
A764
Q8
JT763
95
East
KT2
JT53
98
J643
South
853
A962
AK5
KQ2

If I were a Roman gladiator meeting my RHO in the arena would bring an eager smile to my face. Man, I don’t understand how one person can contain so much hostility, sourness and anger.

Anyway, on the deal above I had to declare 3NT from South. West started with a for my King. I can count eight tricks and there are several options for a ninth. I decide to go after an extra trick so I lead small to the Queen, losing to the King. The continuation I take in dummy and I cross to my King to lead another . LHO fumbles through her cards for ten seconds, then says “Sorry, I don’t have any problem!”, and with that bit of poisonous information I have to take the right path. I request the ┬áJack from dummy and I’m glad it wins the trick. I have nine now, but I’m hungry for a tenth. I exit in , leading to this position:

South Dealer
NS Vul
North
K74
4
AT8
West
7
Q8
JT7
9
East
JT53
J64
South
A962
A
Q2

When West decided to cash the thirteenth East could pitch a , so did I from dummy and my hand. The thumbscrews got really painful on East when West played a for my Ace. Such a beautiful round squeeze, executed by your own partner! She spit some angry remarks, but she knew she got owned. The overtrick was worth an IMP.

2 thoughts on “Gladiator

  1. Doesn’t the squeeze work regardless of whether West plays the last spade? What is East going to discard on a diamond return? And that squeeze seems to work fine on any other return too ( must be taken with the Queen).

  2. Hi Jeroen

    You’re right. But the straightforward squeeze transforms into a strip squeeze if West doesn’t cash the .

    On the return East has to let go of a , you cash the Queen and after three rounds of East gets fatally placed.

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