The positional squeeze is a squeeze against one opponent as opposed to both opponents. This situation arises when the hand opposite the squeeze card has nothing but so-called busy cards, and if that hand follows to the squeeze card before the opponent who is menaced, then there can be no squeeze at all.

The following example should clarify this situation.

North
AJ
K
West
7
6
2
East
KQ
A
South
5
4
A

As soon as South, the declarer, leads the Ace of Diamonds, then the North hand is squeezed before East must play. East has then no difficulty in recognizing the situation and acting accordingly.

But, if the hands were reversed ....

North
AJ
K
West
KQ
A
East
7
6
2
South
5
4
A

As soon as South, the declarer, leads the Ace of Diamonds, West is squeezed positionally. If West discards a Heart, the King of Hearts becomes a winner. If West discards a Spade, then both Spades in the hand of North become winners. This is the positional squeeze. This type of squeeze is characterized by the fact that the one-card menaces are in the holding to the left of the opponent threatened.

 

 

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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