Strip Squeezes

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Structure and Classification

The ordinary strip squeezes are direct (all threats are either simple or, very rarely, double menaces), secondary (the squeezer loses one or more tricks after the squeeze takes place). The fact that the count is not rectified means that the squeezer doesn't have enough winners to execute a primary squeeze, and this in turn means that the menaces must be stronger than the menaces in primary squeezes. There are five types of strip squeeze, corresponding to five types of menaces:

  1. Extended strip squeezes, based on one or more extended threats
  2. Major tenace strip squeezes (squeeze-endplays or squeeze-throw-ins), in which one of the threats is a major tenace such as AQ
  3. Minor tenace strip squeezes, in which one of the threats is a minor tenace, such as Kx (with the guarded A lying over the K)
  4. Extended tenace strip squeezes, in which there is only one active threat, which is an extended tenace such as AQx or AJ10 or Kxx opposite Q10x
  5. Triple strip squeezes, in which there is a third active threat