8 7 5 4
A K J 7 6 2
A K 6
A Q 10 3 2
9 8 5
Our auction was less than successful, and West started ominously,
leading a club to East's ace. After taking the ♣ Q-J
(with me pitching spades from dummy),
a wonderful thing occurred - East shifted to the
. Apparently, the clubs were blocked. Hallelujah! Now
I could even make 10 tricks. Sure, I could have taken the nearly marked
heart finesse, but on okbridge, you never know whether East has the
full strength for his takeout double. It was matchpoints, so I
considered risking it anyway, in an attempt to beat those in five diamonds
But instead, I decided to play for a showup squeeze, playing for
East to have four or more spades.
I played the ♠ A-K
, and ran the diamonds.
The end position, with one diamond to go, was:
On the last diamond, East must either give up a heart, or his high
spade. If he gives up a heart, I pitch my spade and play a low heart
to the ace. If East pitches a spade, my spade is good. If East had
♠ Q-J-x-x ♥ J-x-x-x-x ♦ x ♣ A-Q-J
, then my line would drop West's
stiff ♥ K
, which would make me look like a genius.
Often, the showup squeeze at matchpoints is a big win - it gives you
a chance for an overtrick without the risk of taking a losing finesse
and going down. And occasionally you drop an honor offside.
In reality, the East/West hands were:
9 8 5
10 7 6 4 3 2
Q J 9 2
K J 6 4
A Q J
and when East didn't pitch the high spade, my heart felled his
K. On this hand, I might as well have finessed, but next time...