Online Test Banks
Score higher
See Online Test Banks
Learning anything is easy
Browse Online Courses
Mobile Apps
Learning on the go
Explore Mobile Apps
Dummies Store
Shop for books and more
Start Shopping

How to Finesse when a Bridge Opponent Shows Out

7 of 9 in Series: The Essentials of Finessing in Bridge

Finessing, when you take tricks with lower honor cards, is a risky business in bridge. However, you can take some of the risk out of finessing by watching which cards your opponents play. When an opponent shows out (discards a card from another suit because she has no cards left in the suit that you’re playing) when you lead a suit, you can be sure that your other opponent has all the missing cards in that suit, including any vital honor cards that you may be missing.

This image shows a suit where you can take a surefire finesse after your opponent shows out.


Here’s how you’d play this hand:

  1. You begin by playing the ♠AK, the high honors from the short side (the side with fewer cards).

    On the second lead of spades, East, who has no more spades, makes a discard (shows out). “Aha!” you say to yourself. If East has no more spades, West must have all the missing spades, including the ♠J.

  2. You lead the ♠4, and West plays a low spade (in this case, pretty much any card below the ♠J).

    You can rest 100-percent assured that you can play the ♠10 from the dummy and take the trick.

  3. Take a trick with the ♠10, and then take a fourth trick with the dummy’s ♠Q.

  • Add a Comment
  • Print
  • Share
blog comments powered by Disqus

The Essentials of Finessing in Bridge


Inside Sweepstakes

Win $500. Easy.