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Minor Tenace Strip Squeeze

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This is the three-loser cousin of the major tenace strip squeeze. In the basic version of the minor tenace strip squeeze, which involves only two suits, there are once again four elements to the ending:

  1. the squeeze card
  2. the tenace card
  3. the throw-in card
  4. a master card in the throw-in suit

As before, these four elements can be distributed in any way between the two hands. If we veiw 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. Tenace opposite squeeze card:

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

2. Tenace opposite squeeze card:

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

3. Tenace with squeeze card:

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

4. Tenace with squeeze card:

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

5. Split throw-in:

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

6. Split throw-in:

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

7. Split throw-in:

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

8. Split throw-in:

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

Notes and Variations

1) Since the principal threat is a minor tenace, there must be a means of access to the established winner, should the opponent choose to blank the master card in the tenace suit. If the minor tenace lies in the same hand as a winner in the throw-in suit, there is no problem; otherwise, the hand opposite the minor tenace must be able to retain two cards in the tenace suit to provide the needed entry.

2) If the throw-in suit is blocked (in variants of positions 5-8 above), then an extra entry in the tenace suit will be needed:

Throw-in card with squeeze card
Throw-in card opposite squeeze card
5. Split throw-in:

 

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

 

 

 

spade symbol K J 10
heart symbol K Q 3
diamond symbol --
club symbol --

 

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

 

6. Split throw-in:

 

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

 

 

 

spade symbol K J 10
heart symbol K Q 3
diamond symbol --
club symbol --

 

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

 

7. Split throw-in:

 

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

 

spade symbol K J 10
heart symbol K Q 3
diamond symbol --
club symbol --  

 

 

 

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

 

8. Split throw-in:

 

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

 

spade symbol K J 10
heart symbol K Q 3
diamond symbol --
club symbol --  

 

 

 

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

 

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