immediately dive into a finesse. Because, good players delay a finesse as
much as possible.
Finessing, is trapping an
opponent's master card. If your opponent plays his master card; it will be
trapped. If he does not play, you will win the trick with a
lower ranking card.
In the example at the left, if you lead ace and queen from dummy, you
win just one trick. If you need two tricks in heart suit,you must try
Lead 8 from hand, and wait if West plays
K. If West
plays K, overtake it with A from dummy.
Then your Q wins the second trick.
If West doesn't play K
on your 8, you
will the trick with
Q in the dummy. At the next round you will play A and make your second trick. In this case, you
finessed against West's king of hearts.
Now let us look at the second hand diagram at the left. If South
directly draws A and K, he will
third trick to East's queen. But if he plays from dummy toward hand, by finessing
Queen, he will get all the tricks. For finessing, lead 7 from dummy toward hand. If East
queen overtake it with your king or ace. If East ducks, win
the trick with J. Last two tricks are yours with
If you don't have chances to switch to dummy (or hand) a couple of times for finessing, try to
start finessing with the nearest ranking card to your opponent dangerous
if you want to finesse against West's
K, start finesing with
J, first. If West plays
K, there is no problem. If West refrain playing
K, play 6 from dummy. Next round keep
finessing with 10. In this way you can keep finessing without entering to
dummy.If you need finessing against
or queen in any suit, you need to guess which opponent holds these cards. If
you remember the opponents' bids in the auction, their points can give you
a clue about the position of
their high cards. But, if you can not guess which opponent has the high cards you can try finessing as follows;
Finessing the Queen:
If you and your partner has totally 8 cards, missing 5 cards mostly distributed
as 3-2. Give the queen to the opponent who has 3 cards and finess
accordingly. If you have totally 9 cards, the missing cards -mostly- will be distributed
as 2-2. In this case, without finessing try to win queen by drawing your ace and king.
Finessing the King:
If you and your partner has totally 10 cards, missing 3 cards mostly is distributed 2-1.
Give the king to the opponent who has 2 cards and finess
accordingly. If you have totally 11 cards, the missing cards -mostly- will be distributed
as 1-1. In this case, without finessing try to win king with your ace.
Spade is trump in the card diagram shown at the left. Suppose you played
jack of hearts. If West plays king you can ruff in dummy. If West ducks,
you can discard ten of diamonds.. In each case, opponents have no chance
for a trick.