Welcome to the thirteenth edition of Vubridge Expert Kit. In this issue we look at the idea of the simple squeeze. Squeezes have always been seen as the preserve of the expert, but we aim to show you that the plays are not that difficult. We have already demonstrated some common examples in three previous series on the strip-squeeze; here, though – in these two series – we present examples of the simple squeeze. All that is required in these hands is that you watch the discards of your opponents as you run your long suit.
In the first series we look at positional squeezes (where only your Left-Hand Opponent can be squeezed) and in the second series we look at automatic squeezes where you can crush either opponent, depending on who has the relevant high cards. Along the way, you'll have to pick up the terminology. Guard, menace, and so on. Not as difficult as it may appear...
The third series is, as ever, all about counting the hand. These eight deals, written by our young expert Ben Norton, focus on determining the opponents’ hand patterns in order to locate missing honor cards. The opponents’ bidding forms a vital part of these deals and allow you to pick up important clues.
There are some exciting deals this month. Buckle up your seat belts and enjoy the ride!
In series 1 in this issue, it was always the player to your left who was squeezed in plays we call positional squeezes. Here, in this set of six deals, the squeezes work on either opponent and are referred to as automatic squeezes.
All that is required in these hands is that you watch the discards of your opponents as you run your long suit.