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A Basic Squeeze

A 10
Q J 9 5 3
Q 10 8 7 2
2
7 3 2
K 7 6 4 2
3
10 7 6 4
 
Q 9 5 4
A 10
J 9 6 5
8 5 3
K J 8 6
8
A K 4
A K Q J 9
Clearly, 6 NT is off the top two hearts. A 6 contract loses a heart and a diamond if the defense forces South to ruff a heart at trick two.
But 6 makes. For example, if the defense forces South to ruff in hearts on the second trick, declarer can simply draw trumps, which squeezes East:
A 10
Q
Q 10 8 7 2
7 3 2
K 7 6
3
10
 
Q 9 5 4
J 9 6 5
K J 8 6
A K 4
J
East, to play to the fourth round of trumps, has to keep four spades and four diamonds, an impossibility.
In theory, North/South can pick up the diamond suit, double dummy, by leading from North twice, but there are entry shortages tht make this problematic.
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