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Dear Mr. Becker,

My wife Celine is an intermediate bridge player and I have been trying to help her improve her bridge play. In particular, Celine has a habit of taking Chinese finesses,  e.g leading the Queen with Qxx opposite Axx. Today I watched her play this hand on-line with robots. She was South, but declared the final contract (robots do not play as declarer).

West
1042
64
A876
10874
North
KJ975
AJ82
105
Q6
East
Q86
KQ10753
94
93
South
A3
9
KQJ32
AKJ52
W
N
E
S
2
X
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
9
6
A
1
1
0
J
2

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At trick 2, Celine led the unsupported J.  As I began explaining to her that leading an unsupported Jack was never the correct play, I realised that this was only card to guarantee 12 tricks in for declarer. What can East do?  If East covers the Jack with the Queen, declarer can finesse the 9 at the next trick.

I am not sure if Celine would have found the finesse of the 9, but East saved her that decision by ducking the J and declarer took 12 tricks for a 95% MP score.

Mr. Becker's response:

Dear Kevin,

I suggest you ask your wife to give you lessons...

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