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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"

3 High Card Point held by opponents - The King
 
Case Decl.
Num.
Cards
Partnership
Holding
Need % Remarks
1 4-1 A Q J 9
x
4
3
.3
52
Finesse 10
2 5-1 A Q J 9 8
x
5
4
.7
41
Finesse 10
3 5-1 A Q J 9 x
x
4
3
32
86
Finesse 10
4 4-2 A Q J 9
x x
4
3
5
68
Finesse K
5 4-2 A Q 9 8
J x
4
3
4
3
Play J then finesse K, if K initially then finesse 10
6 4-2 A Q 9 x
J x
3 56 Play J then finesse K, if K initially then finesse 10
7 4-2 A Q 8 x
J 9
3 68 Play J then finesse K, if K initially then finesse 10
8 4-2 A Q x x
J 9
3 50 Finesse 10 then K
9 4-2 A Q x x
J x
3 18 Finesse K (backward to J)
10 3-3 A Q x
J x x
3
2
25
100
Same as below, or finesse 10 then K
Play J then finesse K, if K initially then finesse 10
11 3-3 A x x
Q J 9
3 5 Finesse K repeatedly dropping 10
12 6-1 A Q J 9 8 x
x
6
5
4
2
62
99
Finesse K
13 6-1 A Q J 9 x x
x
6
5
4
3
2
58
92
99
Finesse 10, or finesse K, or play A
Finesse K
Finesse 10
Finesse 10
14 5-2 A Q J 9 8
x x
5
4
19
71
Finesse K repeatedly
15 5-2 A Q J 9 x
x x
5
4
3
19
68
94
Finesse K repeatedly
Finesse K repeatedly
As above, or finesse K then 10
16 5-2 A Q 9 8 x
J x
5
4
9
71
Lead J then finesse K
Finesse K (to Q) then play J
17 5-2 A Q 9 x x
J x
5
4
3
7
58
93
Play J then finesse 10, or vice versa, or play Q J
Finesse K then play low to A
Play J then finesse 10, or vice versa
18 5-2 A Q x x x
J 9
5
4
3
7
58
93
Finesse 10 then play J
19 5-2 A Q x x x
J x
4
3
44
86
Finesse K then play low
Play A then low to J
20 5-2 Q J 9 8 7
A x
5
4
2
63
Play Q
Play A
21 5-2 Q J 9 x x
A x
4
3
59
94
Play A then low finesse K
Play A then finesse 10
22 5-2 Q J x x x
A 9
4
3
50
93
Finesse 10 (backward to 9) then A
23 4-3 A Q J x
x x x
4
3
18
69
Finesse K
Play A then finesse K
24 4-3 A Q J x
J x x
4 27 Finesse K
25 4-3 A Q 9 8
J x x
4
3
25
79
Play J if K played then finesse 10
Finesse K
26 4-3 A Q 9 x
J x x
4
3
 
9
72
 
Finesse 10
Finesse K if loses finesse 10 or if K finesse wins
then finesse 10,  or finesse K and play J
27 4-3 A Q 8 7
J x x
4
3
2
59
Play J
28 4-3 A Q 8 x
J x x
3 57 Finesse K then lead J
29 4-3 A Q x x
J 9 8
4
3
8
77
Play J then 9 to finesse K
30 4-3 A Q x x
J 9 x
4
3
1
64
Play A then low to J
31 4-3 A 9 8 x
Q J x
4
3
9
83
Finesse K
32 4-3 A 9 x x
Q J x
4
3
9
83
Play low to Q then low to J
33 4-3 Q J 9 x
A x x x
4
3
1
78
Play A then low to Q
34 4-3 Q J x x
A x x
3 69 Play A then low to Q
35 4-3 J 9 8 7
A Q x
4
3
10
78
Play 9 finessing K and if loses play Q J
Play 9 to Q if finesse holds play J
36 4-3 J 9 8 x
A Q x
4
3
9
78
Finesse K then finesse 10
Finesse K then play J
37 4-3 J 9 x x
A Q x
4
3
9
69
Finesse K then play A
Play low to A then low to Q
38 4-3 J x x x
A Q x
4
3
9
71
Finesse 10 (toward 9) then low to Q
Finesse K then finesse 10 (toward 9)
39 7-1 A Q J 9 x x x
x
7
6
5
14
79
98
Finesse K
Play low to A
Finesse 10
40 6-2 A Q J 9 x x
x x
6
5
4
34
85
98
Finesse K
41 6-2 A Q 9 8 x x
J x
6
5
4
34
85
98
Finesse K then play J
42 6-2 A Q 9 x x x
J x
6
5
4
14
82
98
Finesse K repeatedly (J to low or low to Q)
Finesse K repeatedly (J to low)
Finesse K repeatedly (J to low or low to Q)
43 6-2 A Q x x x x
J 9
5
4
76
98
Finesse K (toward Q)
Finesse 10
44 6-2 A Q x x x x
J 9
6
5
4
3
79
98
Play J if loses and East play 7, 8, 10,  play A
Play J if loses and East play 7, 8, 10,  play A
Finesse 10
45 6-2 A Q x x x x
J x
5
4
73
96
Play A then low to J
47 6-2 Q J 9 x x x
A x
6
5
4
10
79
98
Play Q if K covers finesse 9
Play A then finesse K
Play A then finesse K
48 5-3 A Q 10 x x
J x x
5
4
37
96
Finesse K (toward 10) then J
49 5-3 A Q 9 7 6
J 8 x
5
4
25
90
Play J finessing K
50 5-3 A Q 9 x x
J x x
5
4
3
14
88
98
Play J, or finesse K (low to Q)  then play 9
Finesse K (low to Q) then play 9
Play J, or finesse K (low to Q)
51 5-3 A Q 8 x x
J x x
5
4
3
14
79
100
Finesse K (low to Q)  then play A
J then finesse K (low to Q), or low to A then Q
Play low then play J
52 5-3 A Q x x x
J 9 8
5
4
16
85
Play J then finesse K (low to Q)
Play J then if loses play A
53 5-3 A Q x x x
J 9 x
5
4
3
14
79
98
Finesse K (low to Q) then play A
Play low to A then play Q
Play low to A then play Q
54 5-3 A Q 6 x x
J 9 x
5
4
3
14
82
98
Finesse K (low to Q) then play J or A
Play J then finesse K (low to K)
Any lead
55 5-3 A Q x x x
J 9 x
5
4
3
14
79
98
Finesse K (low to Q) then play A or J
Play low to A then Q
Any of the above
56 5_3 A Q 7 x x
J x x
5
4
3
14
76
96
Finesse K (low to Q) then play A
Play J then low to Q
Any of the above
57 5-3 A 9 x x x
Q J x
5
4
3
14
93
100
Play Q then J
Finesse K (low to Q) repeatedly (low to J)
Finesse K (low to Q) repeatedly (low to J)
58 5-3 A x x x x
Q J 9
4
3
82
98
Finesse K (low to Q) repeatedly (low to J)
Finesse K (low to Q) repeatedly (low to J)
59 5-3 Q J 9 x x
A x x
5
4
3
14
88
98
Play Q then J
Play A then low to Q
Any of above, or play Q then low to A
60 5-3 J 9 x x x
A Q x
5
4
3
16
88
100
Finesse K then play J, or finesse K then play A
Play low to A then play Q
Play low
61 5-3 J x x x x
A Q 9
5
4
3
14
88
98
Play J then low to 9 or Q, or finesse K then play J
Finesse K then play J
Any of the above
62 5_3 J 7 x x x
A Q 9
5
4
3
14
88
98
Any
Finesse K (low to Q) then finesse 10 (low to 9)
Any
63 5_3 J 7 x x x
A Q 6
5
4
3
14
73
96
Finesse K (low to Q) then play A
Play A then Q
Any of the above
64 4-4 A Q J x
x x x x
4
3
34
87
Finesse K repeatedly
Play A then finesse K
65 4-4 A Q J x
J x x x
4 37 Finesse K then play J
66 4-4 A Q 9 8
J x x x
4
3
27
97
Play J then finesse K, or play low then J
Finesse K repeatedly
67 4-4 A Q 9 x
J x x x
4
3
14
90
Play J then finesse K, or below
Finesse K then play J or play low
68 4-4 A Q 8 x
J x x x
4
3
14
81
Finesse K then play A
Play J then finesse K
69 4-4 A Q x x
J 9 8 x
4
3
19
97
Finesse K then play J or low
Finesse K the play low
70 4-4 A Q x x
J 9 x x
4
3
16
90
Finesse K then play A or J
Play low to A then play Q
71 4-4 A Q x x
J x x x
4
3
14
73
Finesse K then play A
Play A then Q
72 4-4 A Q 9 x
J x x x
4
3
14
90
PLay J then low, or finesse K then J or low
Finesse K then J or low
73 4-4 A Q 8 x
J x x x
4
3
14
81
Finesse K then play A
Play J then low to Q
74 4-4 A 9 8 x
Q J x x
4
3
16
97
Play Q then J
Play Q then low, or finesse K (toward Q) then low
75 4-4 A x x x
Q J x x
3 87 Play A then low to Q
76 4-4 Q J 9 x
A x x x
4
3
14
90
Play Q then J
Play A then low to Q
77 4-4 Q J x x
A 9 x x
4
3
14
97
Play Q then J
Play low to Q then low to 9
78 8-1 A Q J T x...x
x
8 7 Finesse K
79 7-2 A Q 9 x x x x
J x
7
6
33
95
Finesse K then play A
80 7-2 Q J x x x x x
A x
7
6
20
90
Play Q then low to A
81 6-3 A Q 9 x x x
J x x
6
5
33
95
Finesse K then play A
82 6-3 A Q 8 x x x
J x x
6
5
27
95
Finesse K then play A
83 6-3 A Q 7 x x x
J 9 8
6 33 Finesse K then play A
84 6-3 A Q x x x x
J 9 8
6
5
33
95
Finesse K then play A
85 6-3 A x x x x x
Q J 9
6
5
27
95
Play Q then low to A
86 6-3 A x x x x x
Q J x
6
5
20
95
Play Q then low to A
87 6-3 Q J 9 x x x
A x x
6
5
27
95
Play Q then low to A
88 6-3 Q J x x x x
A x x
6
5
20
95
Play Q then low to A
Play A then low to K
89 6-3 J 9 8 x x x
A Q x
6 33 Play low to Q then A
90 5-4 A Q J x x
x x x x
5
4
45
95
Finesse K repeatedly
91 5-4 A Q 9 7 x
J 8 x x
5 33 Finesse K then play A
92 5-4 A Q 9 7 x
J 8 x x
5 33 Finesse K then play A
93 5-4 A Q 8 x x
J x x x
5
4
27
95
Finesse K then play A
Play J then finesse K
94 5-4 A 9 8 x x
Q J x x
5 27 Play Q then low to A
95 5-4 A 9 x x x
Q J x x
5
4
27
100
Play Q then low to A
Finesse K then low to A
96 5-4 A x x x x
Q J 9 x
5
4
27
95
Play Q then low to A
97 5-4 A x x x x
Q J x x
5
4
20
95
Play Q then low to A
Play A then low to Q
98 5-4 Q J 9 x x
A x x x
5
4
27
95
Play Q then low to A
99 5-4 Q J x x x
A x x x
5
4
20
95
Play Q then low to A
Play A then low to Q
100 5-4 J 9 8 x x
A Q x x
5 33 Finesse K then play A
101 8-2 A J 9 x ... x
Q x
8 50 Play Q
102 7-3 A Q J x x x x
8 7 6
7 50 Finesse Q
103 7-3 A J 9 x x x x
Q x x
7 50 Play Q
104 7-3 Q J x x x x x
A x x
7 39 Finesse K then low to A
105 6-4 A Q J x x x
x x x x
6 50 Finesse K then A
106 6-4 A J 9 x x x
Q x x x
6 50 Finesse K then A
107 6-4 Q J x x x x
A x x x
6 39 Finesse K then A
108 5-5 A Q J x x
x x x x x
5 50 Finesse K then A
109 5-5 A J 9 x x
Q x x x x
5 50 Play Q then low to A
110 5-5 A x x x x
Q J x x x
5 39 Play Q then low to A
111 6-5 A Q J x x x
x x x x x
6 52 Play A

 

3 High Card Point held by opponents - The Queen and Jack
 
Case Decl.
Num.
Cards
Partnership
Holding
Need % Remarks
1 5-1 A K 10 9 8
x
5
4
1
45
Play A
Finesse Q J then play A
2 4-2 A K 10 9
x x
4
3
5
76
Finesse Q J then play A
3 4-2 A 9 x x
K 10
3 55 Finesse Q J then play A
4 5-2 A K 10 9 x
x x
5
4
3
9
66
94
Finesse Q J then play A
5 5-2 A 10 x x x
K 9
4
3
61
92
Play low to 9 then play K
6 5-2 A 10 9 x x
K x
5
4
3
3
65
94
Play K then low to A or 10
Play K then low to A
Play K then low to 10
7 5-2 A K 10 9
x x x
4
3
24
78
Finesse Q J repeatedly
8 4-3 A K 9 x
10 x x
4
3
9
72
Finesse Q J then play A
Play A then finesse Q J
9 4-3 A 10 9 x
K 8 x
4
3
4
82
Play K then finesse Q J
Play low to 8 then play K and A
10 4-3 A 10 x x
K 9 x
4
3
3
75
Play A then low to 9, or play K and low to 9
Play low to 9 then K
11 4-3 A 10 x x
K x x
3 56 Play K then low to 10
12 6-2 A K 10 9 x x
x x
6
5
4
14
88
98
Play low to 10 then A
Play A then low to 10
Either of the above
13 6-2 A 10 9 x x x
K x
6
5
4
7
88
98
Play K then finesse Q J
14 6-2 A 10 x x x x
K 9
6
5
4
7
82
98
Play K then play 9
Play low to 9 then K
Play low to 9 then K
15 5-3 A K 10 9 x
x x x
5
4
3
22
90
98
Finesse Q J repeatedly
16 5-3 A K 9 x x
10 x x
5
4
3
14
88
100
Play 10 finessing Q J, or play low to 9 then play A
Play A then low to 9
Play low to 9 then play A, or play A then low to 9
17 5-3 A K 8 x x
10 x x
5
4
3
7
82
100
Play A then low to 10
Play A then low to 10
Play low to 10 then low to A
18 5-3 A 10 9 x x
K x x
5
4
3
9
88
98
Play K then finesse Q J
19 5-3 A 10 x x x
K 9 x
5
4
3
7
90
100
Play A then low to 9, or play K then 9
Play low to 9 then K
Play K the 9, or low to 9 then K
20 5-3 A 10 x x x
K 8 x
5
4
3
7
82
100
Play K then low to 10
Above, or A then 10, or low to 10 then A
Play low to 8 then K
21 5-3 A 10 x x x
K x x
5
4
3
7
82
98
Play K then low to 10
22 4-4 A K 10 9
x x x x
4
3
24
90
Play low to 10 then low to 9
23 4-4 A K 8 x
10 x x x
4
3
7
82
Play A then low to 10
Play A then low to 10
24 4-4 A 10 9 8
K x x x
4
3
9
94
Play A then 10, or play K then low to 9
Play 10 then A, or play low to 10 then A
25 4-4 A 10 x x
K 9 x x
4
3
7
94
Play A then 10, or play K then low to 9
Play low to 10 then A, or play low to 9 then K
26 4-4 A 10 x x
K 8 x x
4
3
7
87
Play K then low to 10
Play low to 10 then A
27 4-4 A 10 x x
K x x x
4
3
7
84
Play K then low to 10
28 6-3 A K 10 9 x x
x x x
6
5
46
95
Play A then K
29 6-3 A K 8 x x x
10 x x
6
5
41
95
Play A then K
Play 10 then low to A
30 6-3 A 10 x x x x
K 9 x
6
5
46
100
Play A then low to K, play K then low to A
Play low to 10 then A
31 6-3 9 8 7 6 x x
A K x
6
5
41
95
Play A then K
Play 9 then A
32 5-4 A K 10 9 x
x x x x
5
4
46
95
Play A then K
33 5-4 A K 9 x x
10 x x x
5
4
46
95
Play A then K
34 5-4 A K 8 x x
10 x x x
5
4
41
95
Play A then K
Play 10 then low to A
35 5-4 A 10 x x x
K 9 x x
5
4
46
100
Play A then low to K, or play K then low to A
Play low to K then A, or low to 9 then K
36 5-5 A K x x x
10 9 8 x x
5 78 Play A then K

Index of Suit Combinations

 

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