The Essentials of Finessing in Bridge

If you want to excel at bridge, you need to figure out how to finesse. Finessing, a technique for taking tricks with lower honor cards when your opponents have higher honor cards, can help you win tricks and make your bridge contract.

How to Finesse a King by an Ace in Bridge

A finesse in bridge is a technique for taking tricks with lower honor cards (jacks, queens, and kings) when your opponents have higher honor cards (queens, kings, and aces). You need to finesse your lower [more…]

How to Finesse a Queen Past a King in Bridge

A finesse in bridge is a technique for taking tricks with lower honor cards (jacks, queens, and kings) when your opponents have higher honor cards (queens, kings, and aces). You need to finesse your lower [more…]

How to Combine Length with a Finesse in Bridge

In bridge, when you take finesses in suits that have seven or more cards between your hand and the dummy — meaning your side has more cards in that suit than your opponents [more…]

How to Finesse with the King and Queen in Bridge

Sometimes, the honor cards that you hold in a hand of bridge dictate that you lead from weakness toward strength twice, such as when you have both the king and queen in a suit. The only thing better than [more…]

Finesse a Bridge Hand with a Hole in Your Honor Cards

Sometimes, the honor cards that you hold in a hand of bridge have a big hole in them. For example, you might have the ace, queen, and jack in a suit. But what can you do without the king? You can fill [more…]

How to Finesse against Split Honors in Bridge

Sometimes your opponents have two important honors in the suit that you want to attack in a hand of bridge. If those honors are split and each opponent has one honor, you can finesse those split honors [more…]

How to Finesse when a Bridge Opponent Shows Out

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 [more…]

How to Finesse for Extra Winners in Bridge

When playing at a trump contract in bridge, you can take a finesse to create extra winners. You need the following in your hand and the dummy to take a finesse and establish extra winners: [more…]

Bridge: Setting Up a Long Suit with a Finesse

When you’re missing a critical high card in the dummy’s long suit in a hand of bridge, usually a king, you may have to rely on a finesse. A finesse involves leading from weakness to strength, trying to [more…]

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