Euchre QOD: “Please squeeze the peas”
Two aces in hand
Must get rid of one but which
Choose wrong the squeeze works
“Squeeze Play” – A strategy in which you force your opponent to choose between two equally good cards to throw away. It is an offensive strategy often employed when going alone.
One of the ordering strategies suggested is to go alone anytime you have 4 trump (unless your team score is 8 points). This usually leaves you with a low card in an off-suit that could easily be beat by one of your opponents, thus squelching your loner. Well, a good way to handle this is to employ the squeeze play. It works like this…
Assuming you win the first trick, lead back trump. Then lead trump again, then lead your 4th trump. For the last trick you can lead your low off-suit and hope that the opponents have thrown away the stopping card.
The squeeze comes in to play on the second to last trick. What happens is the opponents have been throwing off their low cards on the early tricks saving their big cards for the end. This is a good defensive strategy that you should follow.
But when you get down to the second to last trick, the opponents have to choose between two equally good cards. Suppose Hearts is trump and they have both the Ace of Spades and the Ace of Clubs at the end. You play a trump and they have to get rid of one of the aces. Which one do they get rid of? This is the squeeze play. It gives you a 50:50 chance of getting them to throw away the wrong ace.
Perhaps an illustrative hand might be in order. That we can do tomorrow. Right now, I’ve got to go play my ukulele.
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