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Safety Plays

As declarer in 3 NT, how would you play each suit holding for the number of tricks stated?
Assume you are willing to lose one trick, perhaps unnecessarily, to avoid losing two.

1. 3 NTA 10 5 4
Table
N or S leadsK 9 8 3 2

To guarantee four tricks:

A. Cash the ace
B. Cash the king
C. Finesse the 10

2. 3 NTK 4 3 2
Table
N or S leadsA J 9 8 7

To guarantee four tricks:

A. Cash the ace
B. Cash the king
C. Finesse the jack

3. 3 NTK J 8 3
Table
N or S leadsQ 9 5 4 2

To guarantee four tricks:

A. Lead to the king
B. Lead to the queen
C. Finesse the eight

4. 3 NTJ 3 2
Table
N or S leadsA K 9 5 4

Optimal for four tricks:

A. Cash the ace then the king
B. Cash the ace then lead to the jack
C. Cash the ace then finesse the nine

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5. 3 NTK 5 4 3
Table
N or S leadsQ J 8 7 6

Optimal for four tricks:

A. Lead to the king
B. Lead to the queen
C. Finesse the eight

6. 3 NT5 4 3 2
Table
N or S leadsA K 9 8 7

Optimal for four tricks:

A. Cash the ace then the king
B. Cash the ace then finesse the nine
C. Finesse the nine

7. 3 NT5 4 3 2
Table
N or S leadsA Q 10 9 8

Optimal for four tricks:

A. Cash the ace then lead to the queen
B. Finesse the queen then cash the ace
C. Finesse the 10 then the queen

8. 3 NTQ J 5 4
Table
N or S leadsA 9 6 3 2

To guarantee four tricks:

A. Cash the ace then lead to the queen
B. Lead to the queen
C. Run the queen

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9. 3 NTA K 3 2
Table
N or S leadsJ 9 8 7

To guarantee three tricks:

A. Cash the ace then run the jack
B. Cash the ace then run the nine
C. Run the nine

10. 3 NTK J 3 2
Table
N or S leadsA 9 5 4

To guarantee three tricks:

A. Cash the ace then the king
B. Cash the ace then finesse the jack
C. Cash the king then finesse the nine

11. 3 NTJ 10 2
Table
N or S leadsA K 8 4 3

To guarantee four tricks:

A. Cash the ace then run the jack
B. Lead to the jack
C. Run the jack

12. 3 NTA 2
Table
N or S leadsK Q 10 4 3

Optimal for four tricks:

A. Cash the ace then the king
B. Cash the ace then finesse the 10
C. Run the 10

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