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Safety Plays


As declarer in 3 NT, what is the safety play (ABC) for each suit holding? Assume you are willing to lose one trick, perhaps unnecessarily, to avoid the loss of two tricks.

1.
A 10 5 4
Table
K 9 8 3 2

To ensure four tricks: _____

  1. Cash the A
  2. Cash the K
  3. Finesse the 10

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

To ensure four tricks: _____

  1. Cash the A
  2. Cash the K
  3. Finesse the J

3.
K J 8 3
Table
Q 9 5 4 2

To ensure four tricks: _____

  1. Lead to the K
  2. Lead to the Q
  3. Finesse the 8

4.
J 3 2
Table
A K 9 5 4

Optimal for four tricks: _____

  1. Cash the A then cash the K
  2. Cash the A then lead to the J
  3. Cash the A then finesse the 9
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5.
K 5 4 3
Table
Q J 8 7 6

Optimal for four tricks: _____

  1. Lead to the K
  2. Lead to the Q
  3. Finesse the 8

6.
5 4 3 2
Table
A K 9 8 7

Optimal for four tricks: _____

  1. Cash the A then cash the K
  2. Cash the A then finesse the 9
  3. Finesse the 9

7.
5 4 3 2
Table
A Q 10 9 8

Optimal for four tricks: _____

  1. Cash the A then lead to the Q
  2. Finesse the Q then cash the A
  3. Finesse the 10 then finesse the Q

8.
Q J 5 4
Table
A 9 6 3 2

To ensure four tricks: _____

  1. Cash the A then lead to the Q
  2. Lead to the Q
  3. Run the Q
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9.
A K 3 2
Table
J 9 8 7

To ensure three tricks: _____

  1. Cash the A then run the J
  2. Cash the A then run the 9
  3. Run the 9

10.
K J 3 2
Table
A 9 5 4

To ensure three tricks: _____

  1. Cash the A then cash the K
  2. Cash the A then finesse the J
  3. Cash the K then finesse the 9

11.
J 10 2
Table
A K 8 4 3

To ensure four tricks: _____

  1. Cash the A then run the J
  2. Lead to the jack
  3. Run the jack

12.
A 2
Table
K Q 10 4 3

Optimal for four tricks: _____

  1. Cash the A then cash the K
  2. Cash the A then finesse the 10
  3. Run the 10
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Answers

 1.C
 2.A
 3.A
 4.B
 5.A
 6.C
 7.A
 8.B
 9.B
10.C
11.B
12.B
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