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Suit Combinations - The best percentage play to win tricks based on the combination of partnership holdings in a given suit, including tactics as finesses.  Note: including a complete list of all possible suit combination possibilities would be exhaustive; to obtain further information, please refer to Jeroen Warmerdan's program "SuitPlay"

2 High Card Point held by opponents - The Queen
 
Case Decl.
Num.
Cards
Partnership
Holding
Need % Remarks
1 5-0 A K J 10 x 4 37 Drop Q
2 5-0 A K J x x 3 55 Drop Q
3 4-1 A K J 10
x
4 11 Finesse Q
4 6-0 A K J T x x 6
5
9
94
 
5 5-1 A K J 9 x x
x
6
5
4
3
19
68
92
99
Finesse Q
6 5-1 A K J x x x
x
6
5
4
3
18
60
91
99
Finesse Q
7 4-2 A K J 9
x x
4
3
24
76
Finesse 10 then Q
8 4-2 A K 9 8
J x
4
3
6
76
Lead J, finessing Q and if covered finesse 10, or;
finesse 10 and then drop Q
9 4-2 A K 9 x
J x
3 75 Finesse Q and if covered finesse 10
10 4-2 A J 9 x
K x
4
3
6
69
Play K and if East does not drop honor finesse Q
11 4-2 A J x x
K 9
3 68 Play K and if East does not drop honor finesse Q
12 3-3 A K 9
J x x
3 24 Lead J, finessing Q and if covered finesse 10, or
finesse 10 and then drop Q
13 3-3 A K x
J x x
3 10 Drop Q
14 7-0 A K J T 9 x 6
5
9
94
 
15 7-0 A K J 9 x x 7
6
5
4
3
65
89
99
 
16 7-0 A K J 8 x x x 6
5
4
55
86
99
 
17 7-0 A K J x x x x 6
5
4
52
86
99
 
18 6-1 A K J T x x
x
6
5
4
26
86
99
Finesse Q
19 6-1 A K J 9 x x
x
6
5
4
3
19
68
92
99
Finesse Q if goal is 6 tricks, or
finesse Q or 10 if 3-5 tricks
 
20 6-1 A K J x x x
x
6
5
4
3
18
60
91
99
Finesse Q

 

21 5-2 A K J T 9
x x
5 43 Finesse Q (not Ace first)
22 5-2 A K J 9 8
x x
 
5
4
3
19
74
94
Play A then finesse Q, or finesse Q
Finesse 10 an if loses to 10 play A and K
Play A then finesse Q, or finesse 10 then Q
23 5-2 A J 10 9 x
K x
5 28 Play K then finesse Q
24 5-2 A J 10 x x
K x
5
4
26
86
Play K then finesse Q
25 5-2 A K 9 8 x
J x
5
4
9
73
Play J then finesse 10, or finesse the 10
Play A then finesse Q
26 5-2 A K 9 x x
J x
5
4
3
7
68
99
Play J or finesse the 10
Finesse Q and if loses play A and K
Finesse Q and if loses play low to 9
27 5-2 A J 9 x x
K x
5
4
3
19
69
94
Play K and finesse Q
Above, or play K and finesse Q or 10
Play K and finesse Q or 10
28 5-2 A J x x x
K x
5
4
3
18
60
93
Play  K, if East dropped 10 play A, else finesse Q
29 5-2

 

K J 9 x x
A x
5
4
3
19
69
94
Play  A, if East drops 10 finesse  Q, else finesse Q
Above, or play A and finesse Q or 10
Above
30 5-2 A K J 10 x
x x
4 42
92
Finesse Q
31 4-3 A K J 10
x x x
4 51 Play then finesse Q
32 4-3 A K J 9
x x x
4
3
29
85
Play A then finesse Q
Play A then low to K
33 4-3 A K J x
x x x
4
3
18
77
Play A then finesse Q
Play A and K then finesse Q
34 4-3 A K 10 x
x x x
4
3
7
56
Finesse Q J then drop Q
Play A then finesse Q J
35 4-3 A K 9 8
J x x
4
3
25
84
Play J, if covered finesse the 10
Play A then finesse the 10 or Q
36 4-3 A K 9 x
J x x
4
3
9
85
Finesse J 10
Play A, finesse Q
37 4-3 A K x x
J 10 9
4 50 Finesse Q
38 4-3 A K x x
J 9 8
4
3
8
78
Finesse Q then drop Q
Play A then finesse 9
39 4-3 A K x x
J 9 x
4
3
1
78
Play A then finesse 10 or Q
40 4-3 A K x x
J x x
3 69 Play A then finesse Q
41 4-3 A J 9 8
K x x
3 29
85
Play K then finesse Q
Play A then 9 to K
42 4-3 A K x x
J x x
3 69 Play A then finesse Q
43 4-3 A J 9 x
K x x
4
3
29
85
Play K then finesse Q
Play K then low to A and finesse Q
44 4-3 A J 3 2
K 5 4
4
3
18
77
Play K then finesse Q
Play K then low to A and finesse Q
45 4-3 K 9 x x
A J x
4
3
21
84
Finesse Q
Play A then finesse Q
46 4-3 J 10 x x
A K x
4 20 Play A then finesse Q
47 4-3 J 9 8 x
A K x
4
3
11
85
Play A K then finesse Q
48 4-3 J x x x
A K x
3 77 Play A K then finesse Q
49 7-1 A K J 10 9 x x
x
7 37 Finesse Q
50 7-1 A K J 9 8 7 x
x
7
6
34
85
Finesse Q
Finesse 10
51 6-2 A K J 10 x x
x x
6
5
48
98
Finesse Q
52 6-2 A K J 9 x x
x x
6
5
4
37
88
98
Play A then finesse Q, or finesse Q then play A
Play A then finesse Q
Play A then finesse Q, or finesse Q then play A
53 6-2 A K J 9 x x
x x
6
5
4
37
88
99
Play A then finesse Q, or finesse Q then play A
Play A then finesse Q
Play A then finesse Q, or finesse Q then play A
54 6-2 A K 9 8 7 x
J x
6
5
16
88
Play J then low to 10 or low to A and K
Play A and finesse Q
55 6-2 A K 9 8 x x
J x
6
5
16
88
Play J then play K or finesse 10
Play A and finesse Q
56 6-2 A K 9 x x x
J x
6
5
4
14
85
100
Play A then J, or J then A, or finesse Q (to 9) then A
Finesse Q 10, finesse Q then play A
Finesse Q (to 9) then play A
57 6-2 A J 8 x x x
K x
6
5
4
34
85
99
Play K then finesse Q
58 5-3 A K 9 8 x
J x x
5
4
30
96
Play A K
Play A then finesse Q
59 5-3 A K 9 x x
J x x
5
4
30
96
Play A K
Play A then finesse Q
60 5-3 A K 7 x x
J 9 8
5
4
30
97
Play A K
Finesse 10 then play A
61 5-3 A K x x x
J 10 9
5 48 Finesse Q
62 5-3 A K x x x
J 9 8
5
4
3
27
88
100
Play A K
Play A then finesse Q
Play 9 or J or little to 9 then play A
63 5-3 A K x x x
J 9 x
5
4
3
27
88
98
Play A K
Play A then finesse Q
Either above
64 5-3 A J 9 x x
K x x
5
4
3
40
90
98
Play A then finesse Q
65 5-3 A J x x x
K 9 x
5
4
34
96
Play K then finesse Q
Play A then finesse 10
66 5-3 A 9 x x x
K J x
5
4
37
96
Finesse Q then play K
Play K then finesse Q
67 5-3 J 9 8 x x
A K x
5
4
30
96
Play A K
Play A then play 9
68 4-4 A K J 10
x x x x
4 53 Play A then finesse Q
69 4-4 A K 9 x
J x x x
4
3
30
100
Play A K
Play A then finesse 10
70 4-4 A K 8 x
J x x x
4
3
27
92
Play A K
Play A continue K unless East plays 9 or 10
71 4-4 A K x x
J 9 8 x
4
3
33
100
Play A K
Play A continue K unless East plays 9 or 10
72 4-4 A J x x
K 9 x x
4
3
37
100
Finesse J then play A
Play A then finesse 10
73 4-4 A T 8 x
K J 9 x
4 53 Play A then finesse 10, or play K then play low
74 8-1 A K J x ... x
x
8
7
53
95
Play A K
Finesse Q then finesse 10
75 7-2 A K J x ... x
x x
7
6
53
95
Play A K
76 7-2 A K 9 x ... x
J x
7
6
53
100
Play A K
Finesse Q
77 7-2 A J x ... x
K 9
7
6
53
100
Play K watch West discard consider East finesse
Finesse Q (toward 9)
78 6-3 A K J 10 x ... x
x x x
6 58 Play A K
79 6-3 A K 9 x x x
J x x
6 53 Play A K
80 6-3 A K 8 x x x
J x x
6
5
53
100
Play A K
Finesse Q 10 (toward 9)
81 6-3 A K x x x x
J 10 9
6 53 Play A K
82 6-3 A K x x x x
J 9 8
6
5
53
100
Play A K
Finesse Q 10 (toward 9)
83 6-3 A J x x x x
K 9 x
6 53 Play A K
84 5-4 A K 8 x x
J x x x
5
4
53
100
Play A K
Play low then A K
85 5-4 A K x x x x
J 10 9 x
6 89 Play A K
86 5-4 A J 9 x x
K 10 x x
5 58 Play A K
87 5-4 A J x x x
K 9 8 7
5
4
58
100
Play K A
Play A K
88 5-4 A J x x x
K 9 x x
5 53 Play A K
89 5-4 A 9 x x x
K J x x
5 53 Play A K
90 5-4 J x x x x
A K x x
5
4
53
95
Play A K
91 5-4 J 10 9 x x
A K x x
5 58 Play A K
92 8-1 A K 9 x ... x
J x
8 78 Play A K
93 7-3 A K 9 x x x x
J x x
7 78 Play A K
94 7-3 A J x x x x x
K x x
7 89 Play K A
95 6-4 A K 9 x x x
J x x x
6 89 Play A K
96 6-4 K x x x x x
A J 9 8
6 89 Play K, look for drop
97 6-4 K 9 x x x x
A J 10 x
6 89 Play  K A or K A
98 5-5 A K 9 x x
J x x x x
5 89 Play  A K
99 5-5 A J 9 x x
K 10 x x x
5 89 Play A K or K A
100 5-5 A J x x x
K x x x x
5 89 Play K, loop for drop

Index of Suit Combinations

 

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