Exercise 4B81 Main

# Safety Plays

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.

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

To guarantee four tricks
 A. Cash the aceB. Cash the kingC. Finesse the 10

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

To guarantee four tricks
 A. Cash the aceB. Cash the kingC. Finesse the jack

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

To guarantee four tricks
 A. Lead to the kingB. Lead to the queenC. Finesse the eight

 4. 3 NT J 3 2 A K 9 5 4

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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 5. 3 NT K 5 4 3 Q J 8 7 6

Optimal for four tricks
 A. Lead to the kingB. Lead to the queenC. Finesse the eight

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

Optimal for four tricks
 A. Cash the ace then the kingB. Cash the ace then finesse the nineC. Finesse the nine

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

Optimal for four tricks
 A. Cash the ace then lead to the queenB. Finesse the queen then cash the aceC. Finesse the 10 then the queen

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

To guarantee four tricks
 A. Cash the ace then lead to the queenB. Lead to the queenC. Run the queen

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 9. 3 NT A K 3 2 J 9 8 7

To guarantee three tricks
 A. Cash the ace then run the jackB. Cash the ace then run the nineC. Run the nine

 10. 3 NT K J 3 2 A 9 5 4

To guarantee three tricks
 A. Cash the ace then the kingB. Cash the ace then finesse the jackC. Cash the king then finesse the nine

 11. 3 NT J 10 2 A K 8 4 3

To guarantee four tricks
 A. Cash the ace then run the jackB. Lead to the jackC. Run the jack

 12. 3 NT A 2 K Q 10 4 3

Optimal for four tricks
 A. Cash the ace then the kingB. Cash the ace then finesse the 10C. Run the 10

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