THE DOUBLE HOOK

 
  The word Hook is another Bridge word for Finesse. The Double Hook or Double Finesse occurs when Declarer has to finesse twice against two key cards. (Usually any two of the five top honors.) That is there are at least two cards held by the Defenders that are higher than the Declarer’s cards.         
Double Hooks can sometimes bring in a good catch. Seventy five percent (75%) of the time you will catch on fish (honor card).

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

EXAMPLES 1 and 2 are typical Double Hooks. The Declarer wants to make one trick besides the Ace.  Finesse to the Jack (or 10) in  EXAMPLE 1.

EXAMPLE 2: finesse with the Jack, 10 or 9. If the finesse loses then finesse again. Note: if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. This sometimes works for Double Hooks. . . but not for sky diving.
 
 


EXAMPLE 3: it is possible to win every trick if the 10 is finessed first and it wins. (King/Jack with West.) So take the finesse to the 10 first. If it loses to the Jack, then finesse with the Queen next time. 

In EXAMPLE 4: play small to the King or Queen. (Maybe East will have a singleton Jack.) If the Jack does  not fall, then finesse again with the 10.
 
 




EXAMPLE 5: finesse with the 10 (or Jack). If it loses, then finesse again. 

EXAMPLE 6: finesse twice by leading a small card from the South hand, putting in the 10 if West plays low. If the finesse does not  work try again at a later day.

EXAMPLES
1.
NORTH
A
J
10
_____

SOUTH
X
X
X

2.
NORTH
A
X
X
_____

SOUTH
J
10
9


 
3.
NORTH
A
Q
10
_____

SOUTH
X
X
X

4.
NORTH
K
Q
10
_____

SOUTH
X
X
X


 
5.
NORTH
K
J
10

_____

SOUTH
X
X
X

6.
NORTH
A
K
10
9
____

SOUTH
X
X
X


 
  PERCENTAGES
With most finesse situations the chances of  success is 50%; with the Double Hook the chances of one of the Hooks succeeding  is 75%. In EXAMPLES 1 and 2 above there are four possible positions for the King and Queen. These honors could be split: King East, Queen West; or King West, Queen East  (POSSIBILITIES 1 and 2 ). Or both honors West (POSSIBILITY 3); or both East (POSSIBILITY 4). If the honors are split or if West has both possibilities 1, 2  and 3) then one of the finesses will work. And that is three out of the four possibilities or 75%. If East has both honors (POSSIBILITY 4) then its curtains (or drapes) and both finesses will not work. That will happen only 25% of the time.
 
WEST  
EAST
K
POSSIBILITY 1
Q
Q
POSSIBILITY 2
K
KQ
POSSIBILITY 3
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POSSIBILITY 4
K Q

QUIZ 23

 
  1. DOUBLE HOOKS GALORE
NORTH DEALS.  BID AND PLAN THE PLAY.

    
    Double Hooks are not made by two people once; but by one person  twice. . . even though the person has two faces.

 
 
NORTH
 
SA J 9 2
 
H6 5 3 
 
DJ 10 7 2
 
CA K 
 


  WEST
EAST
  SK 8 5
SQ 4 
  HJ 8 4 2
HK 9 7 
  DQ 3
DK 6 5
  CQ J 10 9
C8 7 6 5 4 
 


 
SOUTH
 
S10 7 6 3
 
HA Q 10
 
DA 9 8 4
 
C3 2

 

ANSWERS to Quiz 23

 

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