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Week 0128 : 5th December 2022

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TRANSFERRING THE MENACE

A squeeze play that transfers the guard from one defender to the other.

For example:

You are aiming to make the four remaining tricks at no-trumps (or with diamonds as trumps) and have the lead in dummy. North has two menaces, the ♠J and the Q, but each opponent guards one of the menaces.

If you simply cross to the A and cash the A, there is no squeeze because West keeps spades and East hearts. If, however, you lead the Q (covered by the king and ace), the heart menace becomes the 10 and responsibility for guarding the suit ‘transfers’ to West.

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