The jettison squeeze is a rare variation of a simple squeeze. It occurs when declarer holds a menace that's blocked by a high card in dummy. Declarer may need to discard (unblock) that high card to complete the squeeze.

In the following layout, South's club menace is blocked by dummy's ace.

Dummy
K9
--
West--East
AAT
--43
--South--
98S----
HQ
D--
CT2


South is on lead. When she leads the HQ, West gets squeezed. If West discards his SA, dummy's king becomes good. But if West opts to discard a club instead, South must jettison the CA from dummy. This allows her to score the last two tricks with the CT and C2.


Example

The following deal is from Terence Reese's book "Master Play in Contract Bridge."

Dummy
QT654
KQ
WestQ97East
K982J43J7
T63A8752
A85South43
T97SA3KQ85
HJ94
DKJT62
CA62


"South played in 2NT and West opened C10. South held up until the third round and played diamonds. West waited to see partner's discard on the third diamond; then he switched to a heart, and the queen lost to East's ace. East cashed the thirteenth club, South threw a spade, and led S7, taken by the ace. After a fourth diamond the position was:

Dummy
QT
K
West--East
K--J
T685
--South--
--S----
HJ9
DT
C--


"South led D10 and when West threw a heart, had only to keep his wits about him and discard HK from dummy. This artistic squeeze can be played only against the left-hand opponent, that is, it is a one-way squeeze."

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