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2002-Way Finesses

The year 2002 is a palindrome, and two-way finesses have a similar characteristic.
As declarer in 3 NT, how would you play each suit holding for the number of tricks stated?
Warning: You’d better get at least 10 right. This quiz won’t appear again until 2112!

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

Your play for 4 tricks:

A. Win the ace; run the 10

B. Win the king; finesse the 10

2. 3 NTA J 10 5
Table
N or S leadsK 6 4 2

Your play for 4 tricks:

A. Win the ace; run the jack

B. Win the king; finesse the jack

3. 3 NTA J 6 5
Table
N or S leadsK 10 8 2

Your play for 4 tricks:

A. Win the ace; run the jack

B. Win the king; run the 10

4. 3 NTA J
Table
South leadsK 10 5 4 3

Your play for 5 tricks:

A. Win the ace; run the jack

B. Finesse the jack

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5. 3 NTA J 6 2
Table
South leadsK 9 4 3

Your play for 4 tricks:

A. Finesse the jack

B. Win the king; finesse the jack

6. 3 NTA J 6 2
Table
South leadsK 9 4 3

Your play for 3 tricks:

A. Win the ace; finesse the nine

B. Win the king; finesse the jack

7. 3 NTA 8 7 6 5
Table
N or S leadsK 10 4 3

Your play for 5 tricks:

A. Win the ace first

B. Win the king first

8. 3 NTA J 7 6 5
Table
N or S leadsK 9 4 3 2

Your play for 5 tricks:

A. Win the ace first

B. Win the king first

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9. 3 NTQ 9
Table
South leadsK 10 3 2

Your play for 3 tricks:

A. Lead to the queen; run the nine

B. Finesse the nine

10. 3 NTQ 10 9
Table
South leadsK 8 7 6

Your play for 3 tricks:

A. Lead to the queen; run the 10

B. Finesse the 10

11. 3 NTQ 9 3 2
Table
N or S leadsJ 6 5 4

Your play for 2 tricks:

A. Lead to the queen first

B. Lead to the jack first

12. 3 NTA Q 3 2
Table
N or S leadsK 9 8 7 6

Your play for 5 tricks:

A. Win the ace first

B. Win the king first

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