Main Exercise 4B81 by Richard Pavlicek

As declarer in 3 NT, what is the safety play (ABC) for each suit holding? Assume you are willing to lose one trick, perhaps unnecessarily, to avoid the loss of two tricks.

1.

A 10 5 4 | ||

K 9 8 3 2 |

To ensure four tricks: _____

- Cash the A
- Cash the K
- Finesse the 10

K 4 3 2 | ||

A J 9 8 7 |

To ensure four tricks: _____

- Cash the A
- Cash the K
- Finesse the J

K J 8 3 | ||

Q 9 5 4 2 |

To ensure four tricks: _____

- Lead to the K
- Lead to the Q
- Finesse the 8

J 3 2 | ||

A K 9 5 4 |

Optimal for four tricks: _____

- Cash the A then cash the K
- Cash the A then lead to the J
- Cash the A then finesse the 9

K 5 4 3 | ||

Q J 8 7 6 |

Optimal for four tricks: _____

- Lead to the K
- Lead to the Q
- Finesse the 8

5 4 3 2 | ||

A K 9 8 7 |

Optimal for four tricks: _____

- Cash the A then cash the K
- Cash the A then finesse the 9
- Finesse the 9

5 4 3 2 | ||

A Q 10 9 8 |

Optimal for four tricks: _____

- Cash the A then lead to the Q
- Finesse the Q then cash the A
- Finesse the 10 then finesse the Q

Q J 5 4 | ||

A 9 6 3 2 |

To ensure four tricks: _____

- Cash the A then lead to the Q
- Lead to the Q
- Run the Q

A K 3 2 | ||

J 9 8 7 |

To ensure three tricks: _____

- Cash the A then run the J
- Cash the A then run the 9
- Run the 9

K J 3 2 | ||

A 9 5 4 |

To ensure three tricks: _____

- Cash the A then cash the K
- Cash the A then finesse the J
- Cash the K then finesse the 9

J 10 2 | ||

A K 8 4 3 |

To ensure four tricks: _____

- Cash the A then run the J
- Lead to the jack
- Run the jack

A 2 | ||

K Q 10 4 3 |

Optimal for four tricks: _____

- Cash the A then cash the K
- Cash the A then finesse the 10
- Run the 10

1. | C |

2. | A |

3. | A |

4. | B |

5. | A |

6. | C |

7. | A |

8. | B |

9. | B |

10. | C |

11. | B |

12. | B |

© 2013 Richard Pavlicek