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Another let­ter ar­rived from the So­ci­ety of Fi­nessers, com­plain­ing that fi­nesses never work in my col­umns.

“Sir: We must again protest your dis­dain for the fi­nesse, an honorable tech­nique that wins fully half the time — ex­cept in your deals. You are in con­tempt of the per­cent­ages!”

The So­ci­ety won’t like to­day’s deal. At 3NT, dummy played low on the first spade, and East won and re­turned a spade. South then needed the next eight tricks, but when he led a di­a­mond to his queen, West took the king and ran the spades. Down one.

“A club fi­nesse would lose also,” the So­ci­ety grum­bles. Di­a­mond Tricks

Af­ter South wins the sec­ond spade, he must test the hearts. If they broke 4-2, he would need di­a­mond tricks and would try the fi­nesse.

But when hearts break 3-3, South can com­bine his other chances. He takes the ace of di­a­monds and is home when the king falls. If East-West played low, South would fi­nesse in clubs, hop­ing for three clubs, four hearts, a spade and a di­a­mond. Daily Ques­tion

You hold: Q 10 A K 3 AQ963 ♣Q

♠ ♥ ♦ 10 4. The dealer, at your right, opens one di­a­mond. What do you say?

An­swer: I sug­gest you act ac­cord­ing to the vul­ner­a­bil­ity. If the op­po­nents are not vul­ner­a­ble, over­call 1NT. You may not get too rich on de­fense, and you may have a game, so go af­ter your own con­tract. If the op­po­nents are vul­ner­a­ble, pass. They may be headed for trou­ble, and you may be in line for a juicy penalty.

South dealer Nei­ther side vul­ner­a­ble

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