An Electronic Bridge Book that explains how to identify and execute a wide variety of simple and advanced squeeze plays. While the subject matter is more common to bridge experts, it is hoped that intermediate and advanced players can benefit from this presentation.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Chapter Six: “Upper” Defects in the Basic Simple Squeeze Position

Until an incredible article by Geza Ottlik in The BridgeWorld magazine enlightened me, I thought that it was impossible to execute a squeeze if all of the BLUE requirements were satisfied except for the “U-requirement.” The logic for my incorrect view seemed flawless to me: The hand with the threats is squeezed before the defender who sits behind them. Thus, requiring the discard of the threats. However, Ottlik found a squeeze that does appear to work without meeting the “U-requirement” that he terms a “BACKWASH SQUEEZE.” The name backwash was suggested to Ottlik because of the highly unusual nature of the squeeze to work in a backward manner without an apparent threat lying over the hand being squeezed. It turns out, in reality, there is a threat over the hand but more of that in a moment.

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