FINESSING THE QUEEN

 
  WHAT IS A FINESSE???
A Finesse is an attempt to win tricks with 
a lower card than one held by the opponents.

 
FINESSING THE QUEEN

w If there are entries in both North and South hands, play the Ace or the King before taking the Finesse. Who knows, on a good day the Queen will sitting singleton.

w  EXAMPLE 1. If the Ace, King and Jack are in one hand; lead to the Jack. 

w  EXAMPLE 2. If the Ace and King are in one hand; and the Jack and Ten in the other, then play the Jack (or the Ten) and let ride. 

w  EXAMPLE 3. If the Ace and King are in different hands; and the Jack and Ten are also in different hands; lead to the Jack or to the Ten. This Finesse can be taken either way. That is, Declarer can play for the Queen to be with East or with West. 

w  EXAMPLE 4. If the Ace and King are in different hands; and the Jack Ten are in the same hand; lead to the Jack/Ten; or lead the Jack or the Ten and let it ride. The Finess can be taken either way. Declarer's choice. 

w  EXAMPLES 3 and 4 are called Two Way Finesses. The North or South hand could play first. Declarer must decide where the Queen is. He has the choice of which way to Finesse; either through East or through West.

EXAMPLES
1.
NORTH
A
K
J
_____

SOUTH
X
X
X

2.
NORTH
A
K
X
_____

SOUTH
J
10
X


 
3.
NORTH
A
J
X
_____

SOUTH
K
10
X

4.
NORTH
A
X
X
_____

SOUTH
K
J
10

QUIZ 21 FINESSING THE QUEEN 

 
  1. FINESSE CITY 2
YOU ARE PLAYING IN 7 NO TRUMP???!!! WEST IS ON LEAD.
HINT: THE HAND CAN BE MADE.
 
NORTH
 
S A K 6
 
H J 10 9 2 
 
D J 5 4
 
C J 10 7 
 



WEST
EAST
  S Q 9 8 7 
S 5 3 2 
  H 8 7 6
H K 5 4 
  D Q 10 9 8 7
D 3 2
  C Q
C 9 8 7 6 3 2 
 


 
SOUTH
 
S J 10 4
 
H A Q 3
 
D A K 6
 
C A K 5 4

 
 
  2.  WHERE ARE THE QUEENS?? DOES IT MATTER?
WHICH WAY TO FINESSE? SOUTH IS THE DEALER.
 
NORTH
 
S K 4
 
H K J 4 
 
D 9 8 6
 
C A J 10 3 2 
 


  WEST
EAST
  S Q J 10 5 3
S 9 8 7 6 
  H ? 7 
H ? 6 5 
  D A 7 4 2
D Q J 10
  C ? 6
C ? 8 4 
 


 
SOUTH
 
S A 2
 
H A 10 9 3 2
 
D K 5 3
 
C K 9 5

ANSWERS to Quiz 21

 

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