Legend: Green = Menace Card; Blue = Idle Card; Red = Trump

Triple-Cross 1-Loser Triple Squeeze

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This class of 1-loser triples includes three closely related positions, all automatic. In each case, one of the threat suits is blocked with a winner in each hand, and the necessary entries are supplied by blocked threats in both of the other suits. The positions differ in the location of the last two free winners:

1) Both free winners with blocked winner:

 

spade symbol J 3 2
heart symbol J 3 2
diamond symbol A
club symbol --

 

 

 

spade symbol K Q
heart symbol K Q
diamond symbol Q J 10
club symbol --

 

spade symbol A
heart symbol A
diamond symbol K 9 2
club symbol A K

 

Here, North's idle cards can lie anywhere except in diamonds (which would leave a twin-entry simple squeeze).

2) Free winners split:

 

spade symbol J 3
heart symbol J 3
diamond symbol A
club symbol K 3

 

 

 

spade symbol K Q
heart symbol K Q
diamond symbol Q J 10
club symbol --

 

spade symbol A
heart symbol A
diamond symbol K 9 3 2
club symbol A

 

Here, if South's idle card is a loser in one of the major suits, the position can be reduced to a double-cross ending by first cashing the ace of the other major suit (against East, this could be further reduced to a split positional simple squeeze); if instead South's idle card is a loser in clubs, then the position can be reduced to a 1-entry ending of type 2) by cashing all three aces in the threat suits before playing a club winner. Thus, exceptionally, although South's fourth diamond plays no role in the squeeze, it can't be replaced by a loser in any other suit.

3) Both free winners opposite blocked winner:

spade symbol A
heart symbol A
diamond symbol K 9 3 2
club symbol 2

 

 

 

spade symbol K Q
heart symbol K Q
diamond symbol Q J 10
club symbol --

 

spade symbol J 3
heart symbol J 3
diamond symbol A
club symbol A K

 

Here, North's idle cards can lie in either minor. If North instead has a major suit loser, then the position can be reduced to a 1-entry ending of type 6) by first cashing the winner in the other major, then returning to the diamond A to play the last two clubs (against West, this would be a split positional simple squeeze).