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Recessed Compound Squeeze

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In the recessed compound squeeze, as in the positional compound squeeze, both double threats lie in the same hand, but here the single threat is recessed. This means that it is no longer necessary for the last free winner to lie in the same hand as the single threat.

A) For the case in which both free winners can be cashed finishing in the same hand as the single threat, there are two possibilities, depending on whether the last free winners are in the same hand or are split between the two hands. The basic positions (which should be compared with the first two positional compound squeeze positions) are restricted, but if there is an extra entry in one of the threat suits to the hand containing the single threat, unrestricted variants are produced:

Free winners together
Free winners split
1) No re-entry (restricted):

 

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

 

spade symbol 2
heart symbol K J
diamond symbol K J
club symbol 4  

 

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

 

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

 

2) No re-entry (restricted):

 

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

 

spade symbol 2
heart symbol K J
diamond symbol K J
club symbol 4

 

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

 

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

 

3) Re-entry in single threat (unrestricted):

 

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

 

spade symbol 4 3
heart symbol Q 10
diamond symbol Q 10
club symbol 4

 

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

 

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

 

4) Re-entry in single threat (unrestricted):

 

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

 

spade symbol 4 3
heart symbol Q 10
diamond symbol Q 10
club symbol 4

 

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

 

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

 

5) Re-entry in double threat (unrestricted):

 

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

 

spade symbol 3
heart symbol Q 10 8
diamond symbol Q 10
club symbol 4

 

spade symbol K Q
heart symbol J 9 7
diamond symbol K J
club symbol --

 

spade symbol A J
heart symbol K 4
diamond symbol 3
club symbol A K

 

6) Re-entry in double threat (unrestricted):

 

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

 

spade symbol 3
heart symbol Q 10 8
diamond symbol Q 10
club symbol 4

 

spade symbol K Q
heart symbol J 9 7
diamond symbol K J
club symbol --

 

spade symbol A J
heart symbol K 4
diamond symbol 3
club symbol A 3

 

In the restricted positions 1) and 2), South cashes the club A, then the A of the suit abandoned by East; when South returns to hand with the club K, East is squeezed again, and must relinquish the other red-suit stopper; finally, West is squeezed by the play of the spade A. The same line could be followed in the other four positions, but in these cases, it is better to cash both club winners immediately, forcing East to make two discards and making it much more difficult for the opponents to mask their holdings. After cashing both clubs, South cashes the A of a red suit which East appears to have abandoned, returns to the extra entry (by now East will have been squeezed out of the other red-suit stopper), and finally cashes the remaining spade winner(s) to squeeze West in the red suits.

In 3) and 5), North has two idle cards, which can be distributed in any way among the four suits, except that if North is on lead, at least one of them must be a club.

B) For the case in which the last free winner lies opposite the single threat, there must be an entry in one of the threat suits to the hand containing the single threat, and again each position has two variants, depending on whether the last two free winners are together or split. This time, the split positions are restricted, while the positions with both free winners opposite the single threat are unrestricted:

Free winners together
Free winners split
1) Entry in single threat (unrestricted):

 

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

 

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

 

spade symbol 5 4
heart symbol Q 10
diamond symbol Q 10
club symbol 3

 

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

 

1) Entry in single threat (restricted):

 

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

 

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

 

spade symbol 5 4
heart symbol Q 10
diamond symbol Q 10
club symbol 3

 

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

 

3) Entry in double threat (unrestricted):

 

spade symbol A J 2
heart symbol K 4
diamond symbol 3
club symbol 2

 

spade symbol K Q
heart symbol J 9 7
diamond symbol K J
club symbol --  

 

spade symbol 3
heart symbol Q 10 8
diamond symbol Q 10
club symbol 3

 

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

 

4) Entry in double threat (restricted):

 

spade symbol A J 2
heart symbol K 4
diamond symbol 3
club symbol A

 

spade symbol K Q
heart symbol J 9 7
diamond symbol K J
club symbol --  

 

spade symbol 3
heart symbol Q 10 8
diamond symbol Q 10
club symbol 3

 

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

 

In the restricted endings 2) and 4), South cashes the club A, crosses back to hand with the A of the red suit abandoned by West, cashes the last club (North will still have an idle card at this point), and then returns to North's extra entry (by now West will have been squeezed out of the other red-suit stopper), and finally cashes the last spade winner to squeeze East in the red suits. Again, the same line could be followed in the unrestricted endings 1) and 3), but it is better to play both clubs immediately; then South cashes the A of the red suit West appears to have abandoned, and the subsequent play is the same as in the other case.

In all four positions, North has at least one idle card; again, North's idle cards can be distributed freely among the suits, with two exceptions:

  1. in positions 1) and 3), if North is on lead, one of the idle cards must lie in clubs
  2. in positions 2) and 4), North can't have a small club, or the ending reduces to a previous form (see A-6 above)