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Drop It or Finesse?

As declarer in 3 NT, how would you play each suit holding for the most tricks?

1. 3 NTA 7 6 5
Table
N or S leadsQ J 3 2

What is your play?

A. Win the ace
B. Lead low to the queen
C. Lead the queen

2. 3 NTA Q 7 6 5
Table
South leadsJ 4 3 2

What is your play?

A. Win the ace
B. Lead low to the queen
C. Lead the jack

3. 3 NTA Q 7 6 5
Table
South leadsJ 9 8 3 2

What is your play?

A. Win the ace
B. Lead low to the queen
C. Lead the jack

4. 3 NTA J 10 8
Table
South leadsQ 4 3 2

What is your play?

A. Lead low to jack; later low to 10
B. Lead low to jack; later lead queen
C. Lead the queen

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

What is your play?

A. Win the ace and king
B. Win the ace then run the 10
C. Lead low to the 10

6. 3 NTA 3 2
Table
South leadsK J 10 5 4

What is your play?

A. Win the ace and king
B. Win the ace then finesse the jack
C. Lead the jack

7. 3 NTA K 3 2
Table
South leadsJ 9 5 4

What is your play?

A. Win the ace and king
B. Lead the jack
C. Win the ace; later lead the jack

8. 3 NTA 10 3 2
Table
N or S leadsK J 6 5 4

What is your play?

A. Win the ace and king
B. Win the ace then finesse the jack
C. Win the king then finesse the 10

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9. 3 NTA 9
Table
South leadsK Q 10 5

What is your play?

A. Win the ace, king and queen
B. Win the ace then finesse the 10
C. Lead low to the nine

10. 3 NTK 3 2
Table
N or S leadsA Q 10 5

What is your play?

A. Win the ace, king and queen
B. Win the A-K then finesse the 10
C. Win the king then lead the 10

11. 3 NTA 2
Table
South leadsK Q 10 5 4

What is your play?

A. Win the ace, king and queen
B. Win the ace then finesse the 10
C. Lead the 10

12. 3 NTA 10
Table
South leadsK Q 5 4 3

What is your play?

A. Win the ace, king and queen
B. Win the ace then run the 10
C. Lead low to the 10

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© 2012 Richard Pavlicek