THE RUFFING FINESSE

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

 
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  • Most finesses are taken by leading toward the high card. 
    EXAMPLE 1. In finessing for the King lead a small card towards the Ace /Queen combination. 
    EXAMPLE 2.  In finessing for the Queen play the Jack and let it ride.  In both these examples the high cards were the Ace or the Ace/King. 
     
     
     

    But there is another type of finesse where instead of a high 
    card in the suit lead, there is a void. (The hand must also have a trump.)  This is called a Ruffing Finesse. 
    EXAMPLE 3.  Here Hearts are trump.  Take the Ruffing Finesse  by playing the K C.  If the A C appears on the your right trump it.  Then the rest of the Clubs are good. If the Ace does not appear throw away the losing 2 D.Even if the Ace is on your left and you lose the trick at least you got rid of that losing Diamond.  (This is also considered a Loser on a Loser play.) 
    EXAMPLE 4.  Hearts are still trump. But here there is a choice.  You can play 3 C from your hand and finesse for the King by playing the Q C from Dummy.  Or you can take a Ruffing Finesse by playing the A C and then play the Q C and letting it ride.  If the K C appears on the your right trump it.  Then the rest of the Clubs are good. If the King does not appear throw away the losing 2 D.  If the King does not appear on your left then you have the rest of the tricks. But if the K C is on your left and wins the trick, at least you did dump the losing 2 D.  Loser on Loser.

    EXAMPLES
    1.
        DUMMY
    A
    Q
    3
    _____

        DECLARER
    5
    4
    2

    2.
       TABLE
    A
    K
    3
    _____


        YOU

    J
    10
    8

     
     




     

     
    3.
        NORTH
    S-------
    H A 6
    D 3
    C K Q J
    _____

        SOUTH
    S-------
    H K Q J 10 9
    D 2
    C -------

    4.
        NORTH
    S-------
    H A 6
    D 3
    C A Q J
    _____

        SOUTH
    S-------
    H K Q J 10
    D 2
    C 3

     


     
     

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