This is a form of squeeze play, whereby the ruffing power of the trump suit plays a major factor in winning tricks. Conversely, a squeeze that would fail in the absence of the ability to ruff.

The following illustration should clarify this concept.

North
J76
AK
West
53
8
82
East
Q10
Q65
South
108
J74

The contract is Hearts and South is the declarer. On the ninth trick, South leads the 10 of trump. West discards a low Spade and South discards a low Spade from the dummy. East, on the other hand, is squeezed with the play of a trump. If East decides to discard a Spade, then declarer returns to dummy with a Club, planning to play a low Spade. East overtakes with the Queen of Spades, but South ruffs with his last trump. South then returns to the dummy with the Club and plays the winning Jack of Spades.

Features for the Execution of a Trump Squeeze

Certain features, certain requirements must be present in order to successfully execute a Trump Squeeze.

1. A Split Menace, guarded on the right.
2. A Ruffing Menace, guarded on the right.
3. The dummy must have two entries either in the Split Menace or by means of an additional entry in a third suit.

Additional Squeeze Positions

There are also several squeeze positions of the trump squeeze, which have been analyzed and designated:

1. Simple Squeeze Finesse at Trumps
2. Double Squeeze Finesse at Trumps
3. Simple Trump Guard Squeeze
4. Double Trump Guard Squeeze

All of the above squeeze positions require that one defender, who guards against a winning trick, must be squeezed into discarding an essential guarded suit after the declarer has played a trump card and that the above listed features be present for its execution.

 

 

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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