Criss-cross squeeze
In contract bridge
Contract bridge
Contract bridge, usually known simply as bridge, is a trick-taking card game using a standard deck of 52 playing cards played by four players in two competing partnerships with partners sitting opposite each other around a small table...

, the criss-cross squeeze is a variant of the simple squeeze
Simple squeeze
The simple squeeze is the most basic form of a squeeze as frequently applied in the game of contract bridge.By playing a winner in one suit, an opponent is squeezed out of a winner in a different suit. .The simple squeeze is a squeeze against one opponent and gains one trick...

where both menaces are blocked. However, the blocking card in one suit provides the necessary entry to the other menace. Unblocking in the right order will establish the additional winner, but requires an exact count of the hand.


The menaces are major-suit queens, blocked by corresponding aces. An ace will serve as an entry to a menace which is established by the squeeze. When South cashes the A, West must blank one of his kings. The declarer just cashes the ace of the suit in which West has bared his king and then can "cross" to the other ace, which serves as an entry to the established queen.

This squeeze is, technically, an automatic squeeze, i.e. it works against either opponent, but a guess as to which defender (if any) is squeezed may be required in the end position. If the complete hand is as noted then East would be squeezed, but if the declarer does not have the count from the previous play and bidding, he has to guess which suit to play first if the defenders discard in different suits. With kings split, there is no squeeze, as both defenders will have idle cards to discard in the honorless suit.
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