Main     Study 9L65 by Richard Pavlicek    

Two-Suit Strip Squeeze

A two-suit strip squeeze is a common technique that comes in many varieties. An opponent with a critical holding (stopper or exit card) in two suits is squeezed into a predicament where he can be thrown in for material gain, typically to lead from an honor. Note that a strip squeeze, by definition, always involves the loss of at least one trick. About the Techniques

1. Fork strip squeeze

NT win 3
auto re
S A 5
H 2
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
2. S
Lead
C A!
H Q!
2nd
H K
3rd
2
4th
S 2
S K J
H A K
D
C
Table S 10 9 3 2
H
D
C
South leads S Q 4
H Q
D
C A


2. Establishment strip squeeze

NT win 3
S A J
H Q J
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. S
Lead
C A!
H 4
2nd
H K
3rd
S J
4th
H 2
S K Q
H A K
D
C
Table S 10 9
H 3 2
D
C
South leads S 4 2
H 4
D
C A


3. Dual establishment strip squeeze

NT win 4
bi
S A 9 6
H J 4
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
2. S
3. E
4. N
Lead
C A!
H 5!
S 4
H 4
2nd
H 7
8
5
9
3rd
2
J
10
6!
4th
S 2
K
A
A
S Q J 10
H A 8 7
D
C
Table S 4 3 2
H K 10 9
D
C
South leads S K 5
H Q 6 5
D
C A


4. Finesse trim strip squeeze

NT win 3
bi?
S A 5
H 5 4
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. S
3. N
Lead
C A
S 4
H 4
2nd
H 2
Q
3rd
S 5!
A
4th
S 6
7
S K Q
H 3 2
D
C
Table S 7 6
H A Q
D
C
South leads S 4
H K 6
D
C A


5. Trim fork strip squeeze or establishment

NT win 4
auto re
S 5 4
H A 2
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
2. S
3. N
Lead
C A!
H 4
S 4
2nd
H 5
6
3
3rd
2
A
10
4th
S 2
3
J
S K J 9
H 6 5
D
C
Table S 3 2
H K Q 3
D
C
South leads S A Q 10
H 4
D
C A


6. Trim fork strip squeeze or establishment

NT win 4
auto re
S K J 9
H 5 4
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
2. S
3. S
4. S
Lead
C A!
H K!
H A
S 5
2nd
3
2
3
2
3rd
2
4
5
J
4th
H 6
7
8
Q
S 4 3 2
H 3 2
D
C 3
Table S A Q 10
H 8 7 6
D
C
South leads S 7 6 5
H A K
D
C A

Two heart winners needed without spade control.


7. Dual fork duck strip squeeze

NT win 2
S K 5
H K 5
D
C
Trick
1. S
Lead
C A!
2nd
S 10
3rd
S 5!
4th
S A 10
H Q 9
D
C
Table S Q J
H A 10
D
C
South leads S 4
H J 4
D
C A


8. Submarine positional squeeze

NT win 2
S A J
H K
D
C
Trick
1. S
Lead
C 4!
2nd 3rd 4th
S K Q
H A
D
C
Table S 6 5
H
D
C A
South leads S 4 2
H
D
C 4


9. Submarine automatic squeeze

NT win 3
auto bi
S A J
H 4
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
Lead
C 4!
2nd
A
3rd
2
4th
S 2
H 3 2
D
C A
Table S K Q
H K Q
D
C
South leads S 4
H A J
D
C 4


10. Submarine crisscross squeeze

NT win 4
auto bi
S K 4
H J 4
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
Lead
C 4!
2nd
A
3rd
2
4th
S 3 2
H 3 2
D
C A
Table S Q J 10
H K Q
D
C
South leads S A 9 5
H A
D
C 4


11. Submarine establishment strip squeeze

NT win 3
auto
S K 4 2
H Q J
D
C
Trick
1. S
Lead
C 4!
2nd 3rd 4th
S Q J 10
H A K
D
C
Table S 8 7 6 3
H
D
C A
South leads S A 9 5
H 4
D
C 4

If S 9 and S 2 switched, squeeze is positional.


12. Double fork strip squeeze

NT win 3
bi
S A 4
H 2
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
2. S
Lead
C A!
H 4!
2nd
H Q
3rd
2
4th
H J
S K 9
H K Q
D
C
Table S J 8
H A J
D
C
South leads S Q 10
H 4
D
C A


13. Double trim fork strip squeeze

NT win 4
auto? re
S Q 4 3
H 2
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
2. S
3. S
Lead
C A!
H A!
S 5
2nd
H 4
5
8
3rd
2
2
3!
4th
H 6
7
S J 9 8
H 5 4
D
C
Table S K 7 6
H 7 6
D
C
South leads S A 10 5
H A
D
C A


14. Combined finesse strip squeeze

NT win 4
auto re
S 5 4
H A 9
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
2. S
3. N
Lead
C A!
H 4!
S 4
2nd
H 10
J
7
3rd
2
A
J
4th
S 6
Q
Q
S Q 9 8
H J 10
D
C
Table S K 7 6
H K Q
D
C
South leads S A J 10
H 4
D
C A

If West pitches a spade, lead S J from South.


15. Guard strip squeeze

NT win 4
auto? bi
S Q 4
H A J
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
2. S
Lead
C A
H 4!
2nd
S 9
5
3rd
2
J!
4th
H 6
Q
S J 10 9
H K 5
D
C
Table S K 8 7
H Q 6
D
C
South leads S A 6 5
H 4
D
C A


16. Crisscross strip squeeze

NT win 4
auto re
S J 4
H A 4
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
2. S
3. N
Lead
C A!
H 5
H 4
2nd
3
2
3rd
2
A
4th
H J
Q
S 3 2
H 3 2
D
C 3
Table S K Q
H K Q J
D
C
South leads S A
H 10 6 5
D
C A


17. Fratricide squeeze or establishment

NT win 3
S A J
H K 4
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. W
Lead
C K!
C J
2nd
A
H K
3rd
H 4
4th
H J
S
H
D
C A J 10 9
Table S K Q
H A J
D
C
South leads S 4
H Q
D
C K Q

If West ducks C K, pitch S J and establish heart.


18. Fratricide squeeze or throw-in

NT win 3
auto bi
S A Q
H
D
C 3 2
Trick
1. S
2. S
Lead
C K!
H K!
2nd
9
C 10
3rd
2
C 3
4th
H 2
A
S
H
D
C A J 10 9
Table S K 5
H A 2
D
C
South leads S 4
H K
D
C K Q


19. Dual establishment strip squeeze

NT win 4
auto re
S A 4
H J 7 6
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
2. S
3. E
4. S
Lead
C A!
H 4!
S Q
H 5
2nd
S 2
10
K
9
3rd
2
6
3
7
4th
H Q
K
4
A
S 3 2
H 10 9 8 2
D
C
Table S Q J 10
H A K Q
D
C
South leads S K 9 5
H 5 4
D
C A


20. Two-suit establishment strip squeeze

NT win 3
auto re
S K Q
H 5 4
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
Lead
C A!
2nd 3rd 4th
S A J 10
H 7 6
D
C
Table S 7 6
H A J 10
D
C
South leads S 5 4
H K Q
D
C A

If C A not cashed defense can win three tricks.


21. Stepping-stone squeeze

NT win 3
auto re
S A 10
H 2
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
Lead
C A!
2nd
J
3rd
2
4th
S 2
H
D
C K Q J
Table S Q J
H A K
D
C
South leads S K
H Q
D
C A 3


22. Vice squeeze

NT win 2
auto bi
S K 10
H
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
2. S
Lead
C A!
S 4!
2nd
S J
3rd
2
4th
S 5
S Q J
H A
D
C
Table S A 9 5
H
D
C
South leads S 4
H K
D
C A

Automatic because only option is to lead to S K.


23. Split vice squeeze

NT win 2
auto bi
S 10 4
H
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
2. S
Lead
C A!
S K!
2nd
S J
3rd
2
4th
S 5
S Q J
H A
D
C
Table S A 9 5
H
D
C
South leads S K
H K
D
C A


24. Split vice or fork strip squeeze

NT win 3
S 10 4
H A 4
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. S
Lead
C A!
S Q!
2nd
S A
3rd
H 4!
4th
H 10
S A J
H K 9
D
C
Table S K 9
H J 10
D
C
South leads S Q
H Q 5
D
C A

Does not work if S A and S K are switched.


25. Vice duck strip squeeze

NT win 4
auto? bi
S 2
H K 10
D
C K 5
Trick
1. S
2. S
3. N
Lead
S A!
C 4!
C 5
2nd
Q
2
9
3rd
2
K
A
4th
C 7
8
S K Q
H Q J
D
C 2
Table S
H A 5
D
C 9 8 7
South leads S A J
H 4
D
C A 4

East must shed long club to prevent heart duck


26. Vice duck double strip squeeze

NT win 3
auto
S 5 4
H A 9
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. S
3. N
Lead
C A!
H 4!
S 5
2nd
H 10
J
3rd
S 4!
A
4th
S J
Q
S A 9
H J 10
D
C
Table S Q J
H K Q
D
C
South leads S K 10
H 4
D
C A


27. Vice duck double strip squeeze

NT win 4
S K 5 4
H A 9
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. S
3. N
4. N
Lead
C A!
S 8
H A!
S 5
2nd
H 10
6
Q
3rd
S 4
K
4
4th
S 3
10
J
S A 7 6
H J 10
D
C
Table S J 10 3
H K Q
D
C
South leads S Q 9 8
H 4
D
C A


28. Winkle squeeze

NT win 3
auto bi
S J 9 4
H
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
2. S
3. S
Lead
C A!
H A!
S Q
2nd
S A
J
3rd
2
S 4
4th
S 6
2
S A 5
H K J
D
C
Table S K 10 6
H 2
D
C
South leads S Q
H A Q
D
C A

Does not work if S A and S K switched.


29. Forced duck fork strip squeeze

NT win 4
auto re
S Q 9 8
H 4
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
2. S
Lead
C A!
S K!
2nd
S 10
3rd
2
4th
3
S A J 10
H K J
D
C
Table S 3 2
H 3 2
D
C 3
South leads S K 4
H A Q
D
C A


30. Establishment fork strip squeeze

NT win 5
re
S A 9 5
H A 4
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
2. S
3. N
Lead
C A!
H 5!
H 4
2nd
H 7
K
3
3rd
2
A
9!
4th
S 2
2
10
S K J 10
H K 10 7
D
C
Table S 3 2
H J 8 3 2
D
C
South leads S Q 4
H Q 9 5
D
C A

Gains 2 tricks.


31. Forced finesse unblock strip squeeze

NT win 3
bi
S Q 5
H 4 2
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
2. W
Lead
C 4!
S J
2nd
A
5
3rd
2
A
4th
S 6
K!
S J 10 9 8
H
D
C A
Table S A 7 6
H K J
D
C
South leads S K 4
H A Q
D
C 4

If South had C A, cashing it wins 4 tricks.


32. Establishment or fork strip squeeze

NT win 3
auto bi
S
H J 5
D
C K J 4
Trick
1. S
2. S
Lead
C 10!
H 4!
2nd
H Q
3rd
4
4th
8
S K J
H A K Q
D
C
Table S 5 4
H
D
C A 9 8
South leads S A Q
H 4
D
C Q 10

Crucial to lead C 10 not queen.


33. Squash establishment strip squeeze

NT win 3
auto
S K Q 10 9
H
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. S
3. N
Lead
C A!
S 2
S K!
2nd
S 3
7
3rd
S 9
Q
4th
S 5
6
S A 8 7 3
H
D
C
Table S J 6 5
H A
D
C
South leads S 4 2
H K
D
C A


34. Guard establishment strip squeeze

NT win 5
S A 4
H K 7 6 5
D
C
Trick
1. S
Lead
C A!
2nd 3rd 4th
S Q 7
H J 10 9 8
D
C
Table S K 10 9
H Q 3 2
D
C
South leads S J 6 5
H A 4
D
C A


35. Establishment dual fork strip squeeze

NT win 6
S A Q J 7 6 5
H 2
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. S
3. N
Lead
C A!
S 2
H 2!
2nd
S 8
9
3
3rd
S 5
J
10
4th
2
3
J
S K 10 9 8
H K J 7
D
C
Table S 4 3
H 6 5 4 3
D
C 2
South leads S 2
H A Q 10 9 8
D
C A

Gains 2 tricks.


36. Seesaw strip squeeze

NT win 5
S A 10 6
H 5
D
C A Q
Trick
1. S
2. N
Lead
C 4!
H 5
2nd
H J
3rd
A!
4th
S 2
S K Q J
H K Q J
D
C
Table S 4 3 2
H 4 3 2
D
C
South leads S 5
H A 10 6
D
C K 4

Also works if South void in spades (H A-10-4-3).


37. Unblock seesaw strip squeeze

NT win 5
S A 10 6
H 5
D
C K 4
Trick
1. S
2. S
Lead
C A!
H A
2nd
H J
3rd
K!
4th
S 2
S K Q J
H K Q J
D
C
Table S 4 3 2
H 4 3 2
D
C
South leads S 5
H A 10 6
D
C A Q

Also works if North void in hearts (S A-10-4-3).


38. Overtake seesaw strip squeeze

NT win 5
S A 10 6
H 5
D
C A 4
Trick
1. S
2. N
Lead
C K!
H 5
2nd
H J
3rd
A!
4th
S 2
S K Q J
H K Q J
D
C
Table S 4 3 2
H 4 3 2
D
C
South leads S 5
H A 10 6
D
C K Q


39. Gambit finesse seesaw strip squeeze

NT win 6
S 4
H A 10 6
D
C A Q 10
Trick
1. S
2. N
Lead
C 4
C A!
2nd
6
3rd
10!
4th
2
S 3 2
H 3 2
D
C J 7 6
Table S K Q J
H K Q J
D
C 2
South leads S A 10 6
H 4
D
C K 5 4

Also works if South void in hearts (S A-10-6-5).


40. Unblock overtake seesaw strip squeeze

NT win 6
auto? bi
S A 10 5
H 4
D
C K Q 6
Trick
1. S
2. S
3. N
Lead
C A!
C J
H 4
2nd
2
H J
3rd
Q
K!
4th
3
4
S K Q J
H K Q J
D
C 2
Table S 3 2
H 3 2
D
C 5 4 3
South leads S 4
H A 10 5
D
C A J 10


41. Seesaw jettison strip squeeze

NT win 4
S A 9 8
H
D
C K J
Trick
1. S
2. N
Lead
C Q!
S 8!
2nd
S 10
K
3rd
K!
C A!
4th
2
J
S Q J 10
H A K
D
C
Table S K
H
D
C 5 4 3 2
South leads S
H Q J 10
D
C A Q


42. Extended seesaw jettison strip squeeze

NT win 5
S A 8 7 6
H
D
C K J
Trick
1. S
2. N
3. N
Lead
C Q!
S A
S 6
2nd
S 9
Q
K
3rd
K!
H 8
C A!
4th
2
10
J
S J 10 9
H A J 10
D
C
Table S K Q
H
D
C 5 4 3 2
South leads S
H K Q 9 8
D
C A Q


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Anti two-suit strip squeeze

43. Winner jettison anti fork strip

NT win 2
auto bi
S K J
H A 3
D
C
Trick
1. W
Lead
C A
2nd
H A!
3rd 4th
S Q 3
H Q
D
C A
Table S A 2
H 4
D
C 2
West leads S 9 8
H K 2
D
C


44. Winner jettison anti forced duck fork strip

NT win 2
auto bi
S A J 10
H K J
D
C
Trick
1. W
Lead
C A
2nd
S A!
3rd 4th
S 4 3
H A Q
D
C A
Table S K 9 8 7
H
D
C 2
West leads S Q 2
H 3 2
D A
C


45. Winner jettison gambit anti fork strip

NT win 2
not
S K
H A 4
D A
C
Trick
1. W
2. W
Lead
C A
D K?
2nd
H A!
3rd
H Q
4th
H 2
S A 4
H
D K
C A
Table S Q J
H K Q
D
C
West leads S 10 3 2
H 2
D
C

North hand must be hidden


46. Fork removal anti fork strip squeeze

NT win 2
S K J
H K 8
D
C 2
Trick
1. S
Lead
S 3!
2nd 3rd 4th
S Q 9
H A Q
D
C A
Table S A 10
H 4 3 2
D
C
South leads S 3 2
H J 10 9
D
C


47. Timing duck anti establishment squeeze

NT win 3
auto bi
S Q J 10
H A K
D
C 2
Trick
1. W
Lead
C K
2nd
2
3rd
3
4th
9!
S K 6 5
H 2
D
C K Q
Table S A 9 8
H Q J
D
C 3
West leads S 3 2
H
D
C A J 10 9


48. Entry committal anti vice duck squeeze

NT win 2
auto? bi
S 2
H A 7 6
D
C 9 8 7
Trick
1. S
2. E
3. W
4. E
Lead
C 6!
H 2
S 4
S A
2nd
5
9
2
J
3rd
7
J
K
5
4th
A
6!
10
C 8
S 5 4
H K J 8
D
C K 5
Table S A K 9
H 3 2
D
C A 4
South leads S Q J 10
H Q 10 9
D
C 6


49. Finesse kill anti seesaw squeeze

NT win 2
auto bi
S 9 8
H 9 8
D
C J 9 8
Trick
1. W
Lead
C 2
2nd
J!
3rd
K
4th
4
S A 10 3
H 2
D
C A Q 2
Table S 2
H A 10 3
D
C K 10 3
West leads S K Q J
H K Q J
D
C 4


50. Entry spoil anti seesaw squeeze

NT win 2
auto? bi?
S K Q J
H K Q 9
D
C
Trick
1. S
Lead
C Q!
2nd 3rd 4th
S A 10 3 2
H
D
C K 10
Table S 4
H A J 10
D
C A J
South leads S
H 3 2
D
C Q 4 3 2

Note that a low club seesaw-squeezes North.

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