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The Finesse Is On!


What is usually the best play of each card combination at notrump? You may lead from either hand unless stated otherwise. Assume East or West plays a low card as second hand.

1.
Q J 9 8 2
Table
A 10 5 4 3

Lead the _____ and play the _____

2.
Q 10 5 4
North leads firstTable
A 8 3 2

Lead the _____ and play the _____
then
Lead the _____ and play the _____

3.
K 10 9 6 4
Table
3 2

Lead the _____ and play the _____
then
Lead the _____ and play the _____

4.
4 3 2
Table
K J 8 5

Lead the _____ and play the _____
then
Lead the _____ and play the _____

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Q 7 3 2
Table
J 9 6 5

Lead the _____ and play the _____

6.
A K J 2
South leads firstTable
9 8 6 4 3

Lead the _____ and play the _____
then
Lead the _____ and play the _____

7.
J 10 9 8 7
Table
A 4 3 2

Lead the _____ and play the _____
then
Lead the _____ and play the _____

8.
A Q 4 3
South leads secondTable
10 6 5 2

Lead the _____ and play the _____
then
Lead the _____ and play the _____

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Q 9 2
North leadsTable
A K 8 5 4 3

Lead the _____ and play the _____

10.
5 4
Table
A K J 10 3 2

Lead the _____ and play the _____
then
Lead the _____ and play the _____

11.
Q J 2
Table
K 5 4 3

Lead the _____ and play the _____
then
Lead the _____ and play the _____

12.
A J 10 2
North leads firstTable
K 5 4 3

Lead the _____ and play the _____
then
Lead the _____ and play the _____

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Answers

1.Q3

2.4A
210

3.29
310

4.2J
3K

5.5Q

6.3K
A4

7.J2
103

8.2Q
5A

9.Q3

10.410
5J

11.3J
4Q

12.2K
310

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