Exercise 4V53   Main

# 2002-Way Finesses

by Richard Pavlicek

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 NT A 10 2 N or S leads K J 9 8

A. Win the ace; run the 10

B. Win the king; finesse the 10

 2. 3 NT A J 10 5 N or S leads K 6 4 2

A. Win the ace; run the jack

B. Win the king; finesse the jack

 3. 3 NT A J 6 5 N or S leads K 10 8 2

A. Win the ace; run the jack

B. Win the king; run the 10

 4. 3 NT A J South leads K 10 5 4 3

A. Win the ace; run the jack

B. Finesse the jack

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 5. 3 NT A J 6 2 South leads K 9 4 3

A. Finesse the jack

B. Win the king; finesse the jack

 6. 3 NT A J 6 2 South leads K 9 4 3

A. Win the ace; finesse the nine

B. Win the king; finesse the jack

 7. 3 NT A 8 7 6 5 N or S leads K 10 4 3

A. Win the ace first

B. Win the king first

 8. 3 NT A J 7 6 5 N or S leads K 9 4 3 2

A. Win the ace first

B. Win the king first

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 9. 3 NT Q 9 South leads K 10 3 2

A. Lead to the queen; run the nine

B. Finesse the nine

 10. 3 NT Q 10 9 South leads K 8 7 6

A. Lead to the queen; run the 10

B. Finesse the 10

 11. 3 NT Q 9 3 2 N or S leads J 6 5 4

A. Lead to the queen first

B. Lead to the jack first

 12. 3 NT A Q 3 2 N or S leads K 9 8 7 6