PROBLEMS

(1) AKQ10x opposite x For 5 tricks (2) AKQ109  opposite x For 5 tricks (3) AKxxx opposite Q10 For 5 tricks 4} AJxx opposite K9xx For 3 tricks (5) AQ9x opposite  Jx For 3 tricks (6) A1098 opposite Qxxx For 3 tricks (7) Kxxx opposite Q10x For 2 tricks (8) KJ10xxxx opposite x For 6 tricks (9) KJ10xxxx opposite x For 5 tricks (10) AKJ10xxx opposite xx For 6 tricks

SOLUTIONS

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(1) AKQ10x opposite x For 5 tricks The best hope is to finesse the 10. (2) AKQ109  opposite x For 5 tricks Adding the 9 completely changes the correct line. The difference in the odds is not huge, but you should now play the suit from the top. (3) AKxxx opposite Q10 For 5 tricks Finesse the 10. This is much better than playing from the top. (4) AJxx opposite K9xx For 3 tricks Cash the ace then low to the 9, unless the next hand plays an honour or shows out. This is a standard safety play and is a sure thing. (5) AQ9x opposite  Jx For 3 tricks Lead low to the jack, and whether or not it holds finesse the 9 next. (6) A1098 opposite Qxxx For 3 tricks Take two finesses, leading low first rather than the queen so you can change tack if the next hand shows out. Note the difference losing the ninth card makes. (7) Kxxx opposite Q10x For 2 tricks Here , the number of tricks required affects the play. For two tricks the correct line is to lead low to the queen, and whether it wins or not lead low to the 10 next. (8) KJ10xxxx opposite x For 6 tricks The only chance is queen doubleton onside, so lead low to the jack. (9) KJ10xxxx opposite x For 5 tricks Now that you can afford two losers the correct play is low to the king. (10) AKJ10xxx opposite xx For 6 tricks  Finesse twice. Do not cash the ace first. If you get them all correct, well done. If not, see if you can work out why the recommended line is correct. If you can do it here you should be able to use the same technique to help you solve problems in actual play – and that could be very useful, don’t you agree?