Welcome to the fourteenth edition of VuBridge Expert Kit. In this issue we continue with the theme of squeeze play. Although tricky, and seen as expert territory, squeeze play is not that difficult. Previous issues have looked at examples of the strip squeeze and the simple squeeze, here we take you just a little step further. In the first set of six deals we examine the concept of rectifying the count. In the second set of deals we show you how to turn a positional squeeze into an automatic squeeze using a simple play grandly known as The Vienna Coup. And, as icing on the cake, there are a couple of other interesting deals thrown in for good measure.
The third series in this issue is, as ever, all about counting the hand. These eight deals, written by the talented youngster Ben Norton, focus on different forms of counting. Sometimes you have to count points, sometimes hand patterns. The opponents’ bidding allows you to pick up vital inferences to help you make your deductions.
There are some exciting deals this month. Strap yourselves in and enjoy the ride!
This series of six deals continues the theme of squeeze play, crushing an opponent in the endgame.
Squeezes have always been seen as the preserve of the expert and we have already seen some examples in three previous series (Issues #11, #12 and #13).
In series 1 in this issue, the focus is on rectifying the count. This obscure phrase means that it is desireable, in general, to have lost all the tricks you can afford to lose early in the hand. This tightens up the position, creating difficulties for the opponents in the endgame.
In many cases, if you were to run off your tricks too early in the piece, then the opponents would have easy discards (we call them idle cards).