Daily Bridge Tip 45

This is an innocuous situation which is easy to get wrong.

(a) You have to hope East holds both the Jack and the Queen. The correct line is to run the 10.

(b) The correct play is to run the 10 and if it loses to the Jack or Queen you play the Ace on the second round. If West shows out on the second round you have a marked finesse on the third round. If West follows to the second round the suit has split 3-2.
An alternative line is to cash the Ace and then play low to the 10. This allows you to pick up the suit for 3 tricks whenever East started with QJxx, but gives up a trick unnecessarily whenever East started with QJx or QJxx or QJxxx.

(c) The correct line is to run the 10.

The best line is the same in all cases
In all cases you can’t do anything if West started with QJxx or QJxxx.

DON’T CASH THE ACE AND KING UNLESS YOU KNOW THE SUIT SPLITS 3-2

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