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Finesses are 50-50 propositions. Good declarers will only take a finesse if all other options have disappeared. On the hands below can you see whether you have run out of options and need to finesse or if there's a better plan available?

The contract is 4♠. Your opponents have not bid.

Lead: ♠10

 

Dummy

♠ AK7
♥ K76
♦ AKJ
♣ 9874

 

Declarer

♠ Q5
♥ QJ10832
♦ 965
♣ KQJ

 

Will you take a diamond finesse?

Choose One:

Finesse now

Win the ♠A and finesse later

Don't finesse

Playing in 6♠, your opponents have not bid.

Lead: ♠7

Dummy

♠ AK43
♥ KJ7
♦ 872
♣ AK5

 

 

 

 

Declarer

♠ QJ1052
♥ A109
♦ AK6
♣ 98

4

 

 

You win and draw trump in three rounds (RHO has three). Which way do you finesse hearts?

 

Choose One:

Finesse RHO for the ♠Q

Finesse LHO for the ♠Q

Don't take a finesse.

The contract is 3NT and the opponents have not bid.

The lead is the 4 of hearts. RHO plays the ♠Q.

Dummy

♠ AQJ63
♥ 82
♦ A98
♣ J43

 

Declarer

♠ 974
♥ A107
♦ K5
♣ AQ1052

 

You hold up twice (RHO wins trick 1 with the ♠Q and then trick two with the ♠K, with the leader playing the 3) The third round is ♠6 ♠A ♠9 and you pitch a diamond from dummy. What do you do?

Choose One:

Spade finesse

Club finesse

Other

The contract is 3NT with the opponents silent during the auction.

Dummy

♠ 753
♥ AQJ6
♦ AK5
♣ 987

 

Declarer

♠ AQ64
♥ K93
♦ Q6
♣ QJ104

The lead is the ♠J. Do you take a spade finesse?

Choose One:

Spade finesse

Other

The contract is 6♠, the opponents have not bid.

 

Dummy

♠ A76
♥ KQ108
♦ 76
♣ AK62

 

Declarer

♠ Q9
♥ J9642
♦ AKQJ
♣ 98

The lead is the ♠5. Do you finesse (play low from dummy) or do something else?

Choose One:

Finesse (play low)

Play the ace