Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Which Finesse or Both Finesses?

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Which Finesse or Both Finesses?

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In bridge, everyone is taught how to finesse very early, and -- no joke -- almost everyone, especially below the expert level, loves to finesse. But do you know anyone who was warned that unless the contract is on the line, not to finesse when the failure of that finesse would result in more tricks being lost than if the finesse had never been taken?

Today, South is faced with two minor-suit finesses. Which should he take, if any, in either six no-trump or seven no-trump after West leads the spade jack to declarer's ace?

North's weak-two opening promised a good six-card suit and 6-10 high-card points. South, wishing to protect his ace-queen minor- suit holdings at trick one, jumped to six no-trump.

South starts with 11 top tricks: three spades, six hearts, one diamond and one club. …

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