The search of the bridge publications and bridge books, plus the Internet, provides an interesting side note of a one suit fratricide squeeze, whereby one defender squeezes partner in a suit. Also known as a single suit fratricide squeeze. The source is Demi Coma, and is re-created, archived, and preserved here for future reference.

Note: the definition of the designation fratricide is the killling on one's brother or sister. The word is derived from Middle English, from Old French, from Latin frātricīdium and frātricīda: frāter, frātr-, brother; see bhrāter- in Indo-European roots + -cīdium and -cīda, -cide.

The following play was reported by Mr. J. M. Shah from a Swiss League round at the Narayandas Rathi Memorial Bridge Tournament at the Poona Club. The deal and auction are presented below and is presented as posted on the Internet as of August 5, 2002 by probsol.

North
AKJ7
1054
7
AJ872
West
865
987
AQJ54
Q3
East
1032
A63
983
10965
South
Q94
KQJ2
K1062
K4
South   West(D)   North   East
    Pass   Pass   Pass
1 NT   Pass   2   Pass
2   Pass   3 NT   Pass
Pass   Pass        

West led the 5 to Dummy's 7, East's 8, and Mr. J.M. Shah's Ten. It was a fourth best lead and it marked West with AQJ. Since West held a smaller Diamond than the five-spot, four tricks were set up for him. The Ace was out and East held it. The Club Queen was in but East held four Clubs to 109, hence Mr. J.M. Shah had only 8 cashable tricks before he had to go out with the Ace.

How could the contract at all be made? East play showed the way. Mr. J. M. Shah cashed four Spades, cashed the Club King, and played another Club. When West contributed the Queen, the combination of AJ of Clubs provided two more tricks. A Heart had to be played now. East promptly won the Ace. The following shows the position:

North
 
105
 
87
West
 
 
AQJ4
 
East
 
6
93
10
South
 
K
K62
 

Had East played the 9, defence would have collected four more tricks for down one.

Important Pre-Condition of Contest: East-West, however, had an agreement to share the prize in proportion to the number of tricks each won.

Naturally, East next cashed the Ten because that trick would have got recorded on his name. As a result West got squeezed in one suit! If West discarded a small Diamond, West would have to win the next trick perforce and would be endplayed to give Declarer his King. If West discarded a Diamond honour instead, Mr. J.M. Shah would cover the 9 and would get a trick with 6!

 

 

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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