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Criss-cross squeeze

In contract bridge), the criss-cross squeeze is variant of the simple squeeze. (Squeezes are techniques in this game to gain extra tricks.

This is one in which both menaces are blocked, thus providing the necessary entry to the other menace. Unblocking in the right order will establish the additional winner, but unless one has an exact count of the hand it might be a guessing game. This squeeze is therefore not an automatic squeeze. A simple example will be sufficient to explain the mechanism:

                          Q 5
                          A
                          -
                K 3       2
                K 3               immaterial
                -
                -         A
                          Q 5
                          -
                          A

After cashing the ace of clubs, one has just to cash the ace of the suit in which West has bared his king and then "cross" to the other ace, serving as an entry to the established queen. This is a non-positional squeeze, as it would work agains East holding West's cards as well.



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