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

Inverted Double Squeeze

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South to lead:


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


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


spade symbol Q 10
heart symbol --
diamond symbol A
club symbol 2


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


This form of squeeze looks like a combination of two automatic squeezes, but is in fact a positional squeeze. It is in some ways the most exacting of the ordinary double squeezes, since the winners must be cashed in a specific order. Clyde Love called this the RFL squeeze, but I think a better mnemonic is UFO; the correct order is to cash the winners in the single threat guarded under the double threat, then the winners in the free suit, and finally the winners in the single threat guarded over the double threat. In the diagram, South has already cashed all diamond winners before the squeeze takes place (diamonds being the suit held under the double threat, i.e., the suit held by East). Next, the club ace is cashed (the last free winner), and West is squeezed positionally (this looks like an automatic squeeze, with the spade and heart threats in opposite hands, but since North's discard depends on West's discard, it is indeed positional). Assuming West retains the heart guard, the North hand then discards the heart menace, which has already done its work. East has a card to spare on this trick, but when South finishes by crossing to the heart A (hearts being the suit held over the double threat), East is likewise squeezed automatically. By its nature, this squeeze is always non-simultaneous.


1) Idle cards: In the sample ending, East has an idle card in clubs. This could be a card in any of the four suits.

2) Extra winners: Extra winners in the suit guarded under the double threat must be cashed before this squeeze takes place, while extra winners in the other single threat have no effect on the mechanics of the squeeze. Extra winners in the double threat convert this ending to an easier type of squeeze; an extra winner in the long hand makes it a form of the automatic double squeeze, while an extra winner in the short hand makes it a twin-entry double squeeze.