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Drop It or Finesse?


Do you know when to play for the drop and when to finesse? Assume the contract is notrump and you have adequate entries to either hand. Dummy’s holding is given first, followed by declarer’s holding below. Choose your play from the choices A, B and C.

1.
A 7 6 5
Table
Q J 3 2

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the ace
  2. Lead the queen and let it ride
  3. Duck the first round
2.
A Q 7 6 5
Table
J 4 3 2

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the ace
  2. Finesse the queen
  3. Lead the jack and let it ride
3.
A Q 7 6 5
Table
J 9 8 3 2

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the ace
  2. Finesse the queen
  3. Lead the jack and let it ride
4.
A Q 7 6 5
Table
J 9 8 4 3 2

What is your play? _____

  1. Lead low and win the ace
  2. Lead the jack and win the ace
  3. Finesse the queen
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A 10
Table
K J 5 4 3

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the ace and king
  2. Win the ace then run the 10
  3. Finesse the 10
6.
A 3 2
Table
K J 10 5 4

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the ace and king
  2. Win the ace then finesse the jack
  3. Lead the jack and let it ride
7.
A K 3 2
Table
J 9 5 4

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the ace and king
  2. Lead the jack and let it ride
  3. Win the ace then lead the jack later
8.
A 10 3 2
Table
K J 6 5 4

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the ace and king
  2. Win the ace then finesse the jack
  3. Win the king then finesse the 10
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A 9
Table
K Q 10 5

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the ace, king and queen
  2. Win the ace then finesse the 10
  3. Finesse the nine
10.
K 3 2
Table
A Q 10 5

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the ace, king and queen
  2. Win the A-K then finesse the 10
  3. Win the king then finesse the 10
11.
A 2
Table
K Q 10 5 4

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the ace, king and queen
  2. Win the ace then finesse the 10
  3. Lead the 10 and let it ride
12.
A 10
Table
K Q 5 4 3

What is your play? _____

  1. Win the ace, king and queen
  2. Win the ace then run the 10
  3. Finesse the 10
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Answers

1.A

2.B

3.C

4.B

5.C

6.B

7.A

8.A

9.B

10.A

11.A

12.C

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