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

See-Saw Ruffing Simple Squeeze

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(also known as: positional ruffing squeeze; overtaking ruffing squeeze; entry-shifting ruffing squeeze)

South to lead:

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

This position, the high-tech counterpart of the cross-ruffing simple squeeze, is the most spectacular member of the criss-cross family, which also includes the ruffing simple squeeze. The analysis of the cross-ruffing squeeze pointed out the need for an entry in the ruffing threat opposite the squeeze card. If that entry is missing, there is still one possible winning position, in which the trump suit itself provides the extra entry. In the diagrammed position, South can apparently take the remainder of the tricks on a crossruff; but if East has a trump and no hearts, then the crossruff won't work. (In practice, these squeezes also sometimes occur when the opponents lead trumps to prevent an impending crossruff; imagine that East is on lead in the diagrammed position, with a trump but no heart void). In either scenario, South makes the rest of the tricks by drawing East's last trump, carefully playing the club K to do so; then if West discards a heart, South can ruff out West's last heart and return to the South hand with a spade ruff to cash the established heart; while if West instead discards a spade, South can overtake the club K with the A and ruff out West's last spade. All of the other squeezes in the criss-cross family are automatic, working against either opponent, but this type of squeeze is evidently positional, since the squeezer's play on the squeeze trick is determined only after seeing the key discard.

Variations

None of the usual idle card, extra winner, or losing squeeze card variations is possible with this position (although either menace can be accompanied by one or more winners without affecting the mechanism). However, one type of variation can occur: there can be three or more cards in each threat suit (and a corresponding number of trumps in each hand). The only additional requirement is as with the similar variants of the two-way ruffing simple squeeze - the position must be balanced, i.e., both North and South must hold the same number of trumps in the endgame (otherwise, West can defeat the ending by abandoning the suit held in the short trump hand). Compare the following examples:

West is not squeezed:

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

West is squeezed:

 

spade symbol J 3 2
heart symbol --
diamond symbol --
club symbol A 5 2

 

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

 

 

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