I played bridge at the local club last night. My partner is a very good player who took her eye off the ball on this one. The contract is 6♦. West had overcalled 1♥ and rebid 3♥!
West led the ♣7. How would you play?
At the table, South thought for a long time and played the ♣A and the contract could no longer be made. It's not hard to place all the high-card points with West. Suppose you play the ♣10 at trick one.
You can now draw trumps and exit a low heart. West wins and can't lead a black suit, so continues with the ♥Q. You ruff in dummy and now have 11 tricks in the form of six diamonds, three clubs, one spade and a ruff in dummy.
Watch what happens, however, when you run your trumps. With three cards to play, this is the position:
When you cash the ♦J, West is squeezed between the black suits.
Would you have found the squeeze?