##### Bridge For Dummies

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, so you’re playing for split honors.

You have a chance to play for split honors with the cards shown in this image, a hand where you can take two finesses.

In this image, you have a powerful three-card honor combination in the dummy: the ♠AJ10. You normally attack suits with powerful honor combinations early. Because you’re missing both the ♠K and the ♠Q, two important honors, assume that the honors are split between the two opposing hands:

West, second to play, sees that the dummy has a higher spade, the ♠A, than West has with the ♠K, so West properly plays low, the ♠3.

2. You insert the ♠10 from the dummy.

East wins the trick with the vQ, as expected (split honors, remember?). Hang on, though; it ain’t over ’til it’s over.

Once again, West properly plays low, the ♠4.

4. You insert the ♠J from the dummy.

Success! Your second finesse has worked. The missing spade honors were split after all (the ♠K in one hand and the ♠Q in the other). And you have a little bonus in store, to boot.

5. Take the next trick by playing the ♠A.

After both opponents follow, that little ♠2 in the dummy also morphs into a trick because nobody has any more spades.