LESSON 24.2: FINESSES

a) A finesse is an attempt to win a trick with a non-master card after an opponents has played

b) A finesse guarantees a trick whenever the missing master card is with the opponent located to the left of the hand which initiated the finesse

c) A finesse should always be initiated from the weaker hand toward the hand holding a broken sequence

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

A Q J 7
A K 6
K Q 8
Q 5 3

 

West

East

 

K 4 2
Q 8 4
A 9 7 4
K 8 4

10 9 5
7 5 3 2
J 10 6
J 10 7

 

South

 

8 6 3
J 10 9
5 3 2
A 9 6 2

 

 
   

1) Finesse: South leads the 3 and plays the jack if West refuses to cover with his king

2) Finesse: South leads the J and plays the six if West refuses to cover with the queen

3) Finesse: South leads the 2 and plays the king if West refuses to win his ace

4) Finesse: South leads the 2 and plays the queen if West refuses to win his king

d) Initiating a finesse with an honor will be profitable only when the honor is part of a sequence

e) Initiating a finesse with an honor will be profitable only when hoping the honor to be covered by left-hand opponent

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