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

Positional Simple Squeeze

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South to lead:

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

This is the second most common simple squeeze position (after the automatic simple squeeze), and because it is technically the simplest of all squeeze endings, it is usually the one presented first to squeeze tyros. Since one of the menaces must be discarded on the squeeze card, the squeeze operates only against the player in second seat; in the diagrammed ending, if the key cards were transferred to the East hand, there would be no squeeze.

It has been said that this position occurs roughly half as often as the automatic simple squeeze, but in practice, the true figure is probably closer to a third (depending partly on how ambiguous cases are treated).

Variations

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

2) Extra winners: Adding spade winners to either hand does not significantly affect the squeeze. Adding heart winners also has no effect on the mechanics of the squeeze, but in practice it introduces potential ambiguity. In the ending above, North throws the heart K unless West throws the heart A; but this would not necessarily be clear if there were winners in both threat suits:

 

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

 

spade symbol K 5
heart symbol K 3
diamond symbol --
club symbol --

 

spade symbol 4
heart symbol 9 7
diamond symbol 3
club symbol --

 

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

 

In this ending, South won't know what to discard from the North hand unless there is a good count on West's hand.

3) Losing squeeze card: If West is squeezed in the majors while South loses a minor-suit trick to East, then North-South must be able to control any return by East. The possibilities are illustrated below (note that in the two latter cases, the ambiguity of part 2) may be inevitable). When East has cards in both majors remaining and North has no heart control, then North needs a second spade entry (otherwise West abandons hearts and East returns a spade to block the hand).

No extra control needed:

 

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

 

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

 

spade symbol 9 8
heart symbol --
diamond symbol --
club symbol 3

 

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

 

North has extra control:

 

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

 

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

 

spade symbol 4 3
heart symbol 4
diamond symbol --
club symbol 3

 

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

 

South has extra control:

 

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

 

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

 

spade symbol --
heart symbol 4 3 2
diamond symbol --
club symbol 3

 

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

 

South has extra control:

 

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

 

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

 

spade symbol 5 4
heart symbol 3 2
diamond symbol --
club symbol 3

 

spade symbol 4 3 2
heart symbol A
diamond symbol --
club symbol 2