Main Exercise 4B81 by Richard Pavlicek

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.

To guarantee four tricks:

A. Cash the aceB. Cash the kingC. Finesse the 10

A. Cash the aceB. Cash the kingC. Finesse the jack

A. Lead to the kingB. Lead to the queenC. Finesse the eight

Optimal for four tricks:

A. Cash the ace then the kingB. Cash the ace then lead to the jackC. Cash the ace then finesse the nine

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A. Cash the ace then the kingB. Cash the ace then finesse the nineC. Finesse the nine

A. Cash the ace then lead to the queenB. Finesse the queen then cash the aceC. Finesse the 10 then the queen

A. Cash the ace then lead to the queenB. Lead to the queenC. Run the queen

To guarantee three tricks:

A. Cash the ace then run the jackB. Cash the ace then run the nineC. Run the nine

A. Cash the ace then the kingB. Cash the ace then finesse the jackC. Cash the king then finesse the nine

A. Cash the ace then run the jackB. Lead to the jackC. Run the jack

A. Cash the ace then the kingB. Cash the ace then finesse the 10C. Run the 10

© 1995 Richard Pavlicek