A Suicide Strip Squeeze

  ♠T76
JT953
J93
♣J2
 
♠53
Q764
AK4
♣QT94
Board 12
Dealer W
NS Vul
♠AKJ
AK
T8762
♣653
  ♠Q9842
82
Q5
♣AK87
 

On this deal from Glenfield on 13th July 2016 East -West, playing Precision, bid, without intervention one diamond, two diamonds, two no trumps, three no trumps. This was the equivalent of the Acol sequence one no trump, three no trumps. North led the jack of hearts. West played ace king and another diamond, South threw the 2 of hearts on the third diamond. North continued hearts and South discarded the two of spades. After cashing two diamonds on which South discarded the four of spades and the seven of clubs, declarer led the three of clubs from dummy and after South played low the nine of clubs was finessed to North's jack; leaving this position.

  ♠T7
T9
-
♣2
 
♠5
Q
-
♣QT4
Board 12
Dealer W
NS Vul
♠AKJ
-
-
♣65
  ♠Q98
-
-
♣AK
 

A black card from North now gives four tricks and a near top. Instead North led the ten of hearts and caught South in a suicide strip-squeeze. If South discards a club, declarer can exit in clubs and South would concede three spade tricks; so South discarded a small spade. Declarer had read the position and cashed the ace and king dropping South's queen.

All of this complexity might have been avoided had North followed the principle of leading the shorter major from a weak hand against one no trump-three no trumps. Equally, had West resisted the temptation of opening his 11 count in front of partner, East might have played the hand with no genuine defence available for more than three tricks.

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