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

Major Tenace Strip Squeeze

(Squeeze Endplay or Squeeze Throw-in)

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This is the second most common squeeze position (after the automatic simple squeeze), largely because of the extreme flexibility of its requirements. There are four elements to this ending:

  1. the squeeze card
  2. the upper card of the tenace
  3. the lower card of the tenace
  4. the throw-in card

These four elements can be distributed in any way between the two hands. If we view the resulting possibilities from the point of view of the hand containing the squeeze card, there are 8 principal variations:

Throw-in card with squeeze card
Throw-in card opposite squeeze card
1. Ordinary tenace opposite squeeze card:

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

2. Ordinary tenace opposite squeeze card:

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

3. Ordinary tenace with squeeze card:

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

4. Ordinary tenace with squeeze card:

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

5. Split tenace:

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

6. Split tenace:

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

7. Split tenace:

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

8. Split tenace:

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

In each case, South cashes the last club, and:

Variations

1) In the even-numbered positions, in which the throw-in card lies opposite the squeeze card, there must be a means of access to the throw-in card. In the endings diagrammed above, this access is provided by a small card in the same suit (hearts). It can also be provided by a winner in the tenace threat (spades). One quite common variant occurs when the tenace threat looks like AQx opposite Jxx, and the K lies under the tenace; then a preliminary finesse in the tenace suit provides access to the throw-in card for the subsequent endplay.

2) The opponent was given an idle card in hearts in all the above endings. This card could lie in any of the suits outside the suit of the squeeze card. In this case, the opponent is squeezed in 3 suits, although the squeezer has only two menaces. If the "idle" card is a winner in the fourth suit, then the squeeze is called a surplus winner squeeze; if it is a loser, with the other opponent holding one or more master cards in the suit, it is a link squeeze, and properly belongs with the communication squeezes.

3) All of these endings were 2-loser positions, in which the squeezer lost only one trick after the squeeze. The squeeze endplay works equally well in positions with more losers, unless the opponent being squeezed has an exit card, either in the throw-in suit or in the fourth suit.