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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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5. South leads

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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9. North leads

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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