Lesson 1 – What is a Squeeze Play in Bridge?

Adam introduces us to a simple approach to squeeze play in this first video in the series. It is essentially playing all our winners in a sensible order and hoping something good happens. It may sound like luck, but with a plan there may be nothing the opponents can do.

What is a squeeze?

A squeeze is a card play technique that leaves at least one opponent with more winners than cards they can keep in their hand. Also, we must have a card that will become a winner when they discard any of these cards.

North
S A 3
H-
D-
C T
West
S 9 8
H –
D –
C J
East
S-
H 5 4
D –
C 4
South
S 2
H Q 3
D –
C –

When S plays the HQ, what does W discard? They could try the S9 or S8 but then S’s S3 will become good. Alternatively, they could try discarding their CJ but then declarer’s CT becomes good. Either way W has to throw a potential winner, setting up a winner in N’s hand. 

The ingredients – P.O.T.

Just like a cake, we need the right ingredients for a squeeze to be possible. The ingredients are:

  • Potential winners – we need at least two cards which may become winners.
  • One loser – we have enough winners that only trick 13 may lose.
  • Transportation – a way to get to our winner once our opponent has been forced to make a discard making it a winner.

After watching the video above, try playing all four hands for one of the boards below:

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