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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"

5 High Card Point held by opponents - The Ace and Jack
 
Case Decl.
Num.
Cards
Partnership
Holding
Need % Remarks
1 4-1 K Q 10 9
x
2 11 Finesse J
2 3-2 K Q 10
x x
2 52 Finesse A repeatedly (low to K Q)
3 3-2 K 10 x
Q x
2 50 Play Q then low to 10
4 3-2 K x x
Q 10
2 50 Finesse J (low to 10)
5 5-1 K Q 10 9 8
x
4 18 Finesse J
6 4-2 K Q 10 9
x x
3 3 Finesse J 10 then low to 9
7 4-2 K Q 9 8
x x
3 50 Finesse J 10 then low to 9
8 4-2 K Q x x
10 x
2 56 Finesse J (towards J)
9 4-2 K Q 10
x x x
2 55 Finesse A  repeatedly (play low to K Q)
10 6-1 K Q 10 9 x x
X
5
4
3
26
88
99
Finesse J
Finesse A
Either of the above
11 6-1 K Q 10 8 x x
x
5
4
3
2
19
68
94
99
Finesse J
Finesse 9 or J
Finesse 9 or J
Finesse 9 or J
12 6-1 K Q 9 8 x x
x
5
4
3
2
3
65
92
99
Finesse J
Finesse A
Finesse J 10
Finesse J 10
13 5-2 K Q 10 9 x
x x
4
3
42
93
Finesse J repeatedly
14 5-2 K Q 9 8 x
x x
4
3
2
21
74
96
Finesse A repeatedly
15 5-2 K Q x x x
10 x
4
3
2
18
61
93
Finesse A repeatedly
Finesse J (low toward 10) then finesse A
Either of the above
16 4-3 K Q 10 9
x x x
3 51 Play K then finesse J (low toward 10)
17 4-3 K Q 9 8
x x x
3
2
24
89
Finesse J 10 repeatedly
18 4-3 K 10 9 x
Q x x
3 53 Play low to Q then finesse J (low to 10)
19 4-3 K 10 x x
Q 9 x
3 31 Play low to Q then finesse J (low to 10)
20 4-3 K x x x
Q 10 9
3 50 Finesse J repeatedly (low toward 10 9)
21 4-3 K x x x
Q 10 x
3
2
19
76
Finesse J (low toward 10) then low toward K
Play low to Q then finesse J (low to 10)
22 4-3 10 9 8 7
K Q x
3 36 Finesse A repeatedly (low toward K Q)
23 7-1 K Q 10 9 x x x
x
6
5
37
96
Finesse J
24 7-1 K Q 10 x x x x
x
6
5
4
34
85
98
Finesse J
25 7-1 K Q x x x x x
x
6
5
4
14
73
96
Finesse A
Finesse J 10
Either of the above
26 6-2 K Q 10 9 x x
x x
5
4
53
98
Finesse A repeatedly
Finesse J repeatedly
27 6-2 K Q 10 x x x
x x
5
4
3
47
88
98
Finesse A repeatedly
Finesse A repeatedly, or finesse A then J
Any of the above
28 6-2 K Q x x x x
10 x
5
4
3
34
85
98
Finesse A repeatedly
Finesse J then finesse A
Finesse J then finesse A
29 5-3 K Q 10 x x
x x x
4
3
2
55
90
98
Finesse A then finesse J
30 5-3 K 9 x x x
Q 10 x
4
3
46
96
Finesse A then play 10
31 5-3 K x x x x
Q 10 9
4
3
48
98
Finesse J repeatedly
32 5-3 K x x x x
Q 10 x
4
3
2
37
88
98
Finesse A (toward K) then finesse J
Finesse A (toward Q) then finesse J
Above, or finesse J then play Q
33 4-4 K Q 10 9
x x x x
3 63 Finesse A
34 4-4 K Q 10 x
x x x x
3
2
57
90
Finesse A
35 4-4 K 10 x x
Q x x x
3
2
40
90
Play low toward Q then finesse J (low toward 10)
Finesse A then low to low or low to Q
36 4-4 K x x x
Q 10 9 8
3 56 Play low to K then low to 9, or low to Q then 10
37 4-4 K x x x
Q x x x
3
2
14
73
Play low to K then low to low, or low to Q then low
Play low to low then play Q
38 7-2 K Q 10 x x x
x x
6
5
72
95
Finesse A repeatedly
39 8-1 K Q 10 9 x...x 7 59 Finesse A
40 8-1 K Q 9 x...x 7
6
59
95
Finesse A
Finesse J
41 6-3 K Q 8 x x x
x x x
6
5
66
95
Finesse A repeatedly
42 6-3 K Q x x x x
10 x x
5 72 Finesse A repeatedly
43 6-3 K Q x x x x
x x x
5
4
66
95
Finesse A repeatedly
44 5-4 K Q 10 9 x
x x x x
4 77 Finesse A repeatedly
45 5-4 K 9 x x x
Q 10 x x
4 59 Finesse A repeatedly
47 5-4 K 9 x x x
Q x x x
4
3
53
95
Finesse A repeatedly
48 9-1 K Q 9 x...x
x
8 78 Play K
49 8-2 K Q 10 x...x
x x
7 89 Play K
50 8-2 K Q x...x
x x
7 89 Play low to K
51 7-3 K Q x...x
x x x
6 89 Finesse A then J (low to 10)
52 7-3 K 10 x...x
Q x x
6 89 Play low to K
53 Note: other 10 card combinations follow same logic

 

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

Index of Suit Combinations

 

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