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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"

4 High Card Point held by opponents - The Ace
 
Case Decl.
Num.
Cards
Partnership
Holding
Need % Remarks
1 4-1 K Q J 9
x
3 50 Finesse 10
2 5-1 K Q J 9 8 4 36 Play K
3 5-1 K Q J 9 x
x
4
3
31
82
Finesse 10 then play K
4 5-1 K Q J x x
x
3 67 Finesse A
5 4-2 K Q J 9
x x
3 55 Finesse A then 10
6 4-2 K Q 9 x
J x
3 51 Finesse A then 10
7 4-2 K Q 3 2 3 50 Finesse 10
8 6-1 K Q J 9 x x
x
5
4
3
52
92
99
Finesse A
Finesse 10
Finesse 10
9 5-2 K Q J 9 8
x x
4 61 Finesse A repeatedly
10 5-2 K Q J 9 x
x x
4 61 Finesse Q repeatedly
11 5-2 K Q J x x
9 x
4
3
44
93
Finesse Q repeatedly
Finesse 10 then A
12 5-2 K Q 9 x x
J 8
4
3
52
93
Play low to J then low to K
Play low to 9, or play low to J then low to 9
13 5-2 K Q 9 x x
J x
4
3
52
93
Play low to J then low to K
14 5-2 K Q x x x
J 9
4
3
42
93
Finesse 10
15 4-3 K Q J 9
x x x
3 78 Finesse A repeatedly
16 4-3 K Q 9 x
x x x
3
2
19
75
Finesse A repeatedly
Finesse 10 then A
17 4-3 K Q x x
J 9 x
3 56 Finesse A
18 4-3 K Q x x
J x x
3 45 Finesse A
19 4-3 K 9 x x
Q J x
3 67 Play low to Q then low to J
20 4-3 K x x x
Q J x
3 45 Play low to Q then low to J
21 7-1 K Q J 9 x x x
x
6
5
76
98
Finesse A
Finesse 10
22 6-2 K Q J x x x
9 x
5
4
76
98
Finesse A
Finesse 10
23 6-2 K Q x x x x
J 9
5
4
76
98
Play low to J then low to K
Finesse 10 then low to low
24 5-3 K Q 9 7 x
J x x
4 98 Play J then finesse A
25 5-3 K Q 9 x x
J 8 x
4 88 Finesse A (low to K) then low to J
26 5-3 K Q 9 x x
J x x
4
3
88
98
Finesse A (low to K) then low to J
27 5-3 K Q 8 x x
J x x
4
3
76
98
Finesse A then play Q, or play J then finesse A
Play J then finesse A
28 5-3 K Q x x x
J 9 x
4
3
76
98
Play low to K then play Q, or low to J then low to K
29 4-4 K Q J 9
x x x x
3 90 Play low to K then play Q
30 4-4 K Q J 9
x x x x
3 90 Play low to K then play Q
31 4-4 K Q 9 x
J x x x
3 90 Play low to K then low to J
32 4-4 K Q 8 x
J x x x
3 78 Play low to J then low to K
33 4-4 K Q 7 x
J 9 x x
3 87 Play K then Q
34 6-3 K Q 9 x x x
J 8 x
5 100 Play K the Q
35 6-3 K Q 8 x x x
J x x
5 95 Play J then low to K
36 5-4 K Q 9 x x
J 8 x x
4 100 Play K
37 5-4 K Q 8 x x
J x x x
4 95 Play J then low to K

 

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

Index of Suit Combinations

 

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