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.
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 Jack 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:
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”
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).
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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