The Alternative Squeeze, or as it is sometimes known, the Either-Or Squeeze, is a simple squeeze played as a double squeeze. The following illustration should clarify the effectiveness of this squeeze play.

North
AKQ3
K
West
A
East
A
South
54
7
K
A
In this example, West has the Ace of Hearts and East holds the Ace of Diamonds. It is not possible that Spades can be guarded by both opponents, since there are only seven Spades held by both opponents. Therefore, the fourth small Spade held by North can not be termed a Double Menace.

However, when South leads the Ace of Clubs, the opponents holding the fourth Spade or guarding the Spade suit is compelled to unguard the Spade suit in order to hold onto his Ace of Hearts or Ace of Diamonds.

If West started with 4 Spades, the squeeze is on West. Alternatively, (key word), if East started with 4 Spades, then the squeeze is on East.

 

 

If you wish to include this feature, or any other feature, of the game of bridge in your partnership agreement, then please make certain that the concept is understood by both partners. Be aware whether or not the feature is alertable or not and whether an announcement should or must be made. Check with the governing body and/or the bridge district and/or the bridge unit prior to the game to establish the guidelines applied. Please include the particular feature on your convention card in order that your opponents are also aware of this feature during the bidding process, since this information must be made known to them according to the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge. We do not always include the procedure regarding Alerts and/or Announcements, since these regulations are changed and revised during time by the governing body. It is our intention only to present the information as concisely and as accurately as possible.

 


     
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