This term applies to a squeeze play against one opponent in three suits. It is a combination of three simple squeezes, one of which will result in the winning of one trick and when the other two squeezes are applied, result in the winning of two tricks.

The two-trick winning squeeze is treated under progressive squeeze. The minimum requirements for a triple squeeze are two one-card menaces and a two-card menace with an entry opposite the squeeze card.

Note: Mr. Robert Frick has presented a triple squeeze example on his website. This article has only been preserved and archived on this site in .pdf file format for future reference.

The following illustrations should clarify this concept.

Example 1

North
AJ
3
8
West
KQ
A
A
East
8
2
6
5
South
6
K
K
A

The contract is immaterial. South is on lead. South leads the Ace of Clubs. West is squeezed in three suits. If West discards a Heart or a Diamond, then South will be able to take all four remaining tricks by playing the King of the suit West decides to discard. West must therefore discard a Spade. In this positional squeeze, the hand opposite the squeeze card has one menace. Also, since the dummy has two so-called idle cards, the positional squeeze is automatic and the holding of the defenders can be interchanged without any difference in the result.

Example 2

North
AJ
3
K
West
42
5
6
East
KQ
A
A
South
6
K
A
5

South plays the contract in No Trump and must take three additional tricks to fulfill the contract. South leads the Ace of Diamonds, discards a Heart from the dummy, and East is squeezed in three suits. Whatever East discards, South can cash three tricks to complete the contract. In this positional squeeze, the hand opposite the squeeze card has two menaces. The positional squeeze is automatic and the holding of the defenders can be interchanged without any difference in the result.

 

Example 3

North
A86542
AJ7632
2
West
4
2
KQJ109876543
East
QJ109
Q1098
J10987
South
K73
K5
AKQ6543
A

The above example was presented by Mr. Fook H. Eng, which describes a gain of four tricks when employing a progressive triple squeeze.

South is the declarer and the contract is 6 No Trump. West is on lead and leads the King of Clubs. This lead squeezes East, since East is void. East must discard. The result is that no matter which card East discards, that suit must be conceded to South. The analysis of Mr. Fook H. Eng follows.

1. If East discards a Spade, a low Spade is immediately conceded. If East returns a Heart, the free finesse provides the balance already. Because of the immediate concession in the Spade suit, there are sufficient entries in the dummy to pick them off in the correct order of play. If East returns either a Diamond or a Spade, South wins the trick and runs the rest of the Spades for a Heart-Diamond squeeze.
2. If East discards a Heart, the Ace and King of Hearts are cashed, and East is allowed to take his Heart winner. If East returns a Spade, the trick is taken by the Ace in the dummy. South then cashes the Heart and East is squeezed positionally in Spades and Diamonds. If East returns a Diamond, the three Diamonds are cashed first. Then the Ace of Hearts is cashed and the remaining Hearts are cashed for the positional squeeze.
3. If East discards a Diamond, a Diamond trick is conceded by South to East. If East returns a Spade, South wins with the Ace of Spades and either of the Kings remaining provide entries to the dummy in order to run the Diamond suit. This squeezes East in Hearts and Spades. If East returns a Heart, the free finesse provided the additional trick. If East returns a Diamond, South runs the Diamond suit and East is squeezed in both Spades and Hearts.

 

 

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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