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A Kingdom for a Finesse


You are declarer in 3 NT and wish to play each suit holding for the maximum number of tricks. Select the play (ABC) that is usually best.

1. North leads

Q J 10 9 4
Table
A 8 7 6 5

What is your play? _____

  1. Lead the queen and play the ace
  2. Lead the queen and finesse
  3. Lead the four and finesse
2. South leads

A J 10 3 2
Table
Q 6 5

What is your play? _____

  1. Lead low and play the ace
  2. Lead low and finesse the jack
  3. Lead the queen
3. North leads

Q J 5 4
Table
A 7 3 2

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the ace; lead to the queen
  2. Lead the queen and finesse
  3. Lead the four and duck it
4. North leads

Q 7 5 4
Table
A 10 3 2

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the ace; lead to the queen
  2. Lead low and finesse the 10
  3. Lead the queen
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K J 10 6 4
Table
A 5 3 2

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the ace and king
  2. Win the ace; finesse the jack
  3. Win the king; run the jack
6. South leads

K J 8 3
Table
A 10 5 4

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the ace and king
  2. Win the ace; finesse the jack
  3. Win the ace; lead the 10
7. South leads

A K J 10 5
Table
3 2

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the ace and king
  2. Win the ace; finesse later
  3. Finesse on the first round
8. South leads

A K J 10 5
Table
4 3 2

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the ace and king
  2. Win the ace; finesse later
  3. Finesse on the first round
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K 10 9 4 3
Table
A 5

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the ace and king
  2. Lead the 10 and let it ride
  3. Win the ace; finesse the 10
10. North leads

K 10 5 4 3
Table
A 9

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the ace and king
  2. Lead low and finesse the nine
  3. Win the ace; run the nine
11. North leads

K Q 10 4 3
Table
A 5

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the top honors
  2. Lead the 10 and let it ride
  3. Win the ace; finesse the 10
12. North leads

K Q 5 4 3
Table
A 10

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the top honors
  2. Lead low and finesse the 10
  3. Win the ace; run the 10
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Answers

1.B

2.B

3.A

4.A

5.A

6.C

7.C

8.B

9.A

10.B

11.A

12.B

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