To finesse or not to finesse… that is the question. Finessing is a great technique by which you can make an extra trick if a high card is held in the right opponent’s hand. Some say never to try a finesse unless you must have that extra trick in order to make your contract. A statistician will tell you that a finesse will work 50% of the time (unless a clue in the bidding suggests otherwise). A bridge player, however, will invariably tell you that their finesses almost never work.
Last week’s smart players, who knew when to and when not to finesse were:
Tuesday, 30th March – Jenny Freeman and Jill Peterson.
Thursday, 1st April – Louise Payne and Peter Quin for north/south; Jennifer Calvert and Dawn Phipps for east/west.
If you want to learn about the art of finessing come along to the Parkes Bridge Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm and Mondays at 6:30pm at the Lutheran Church Hall in Currajong Street. See our page https://www.parkes.bridge-club.org or call Greig Ball 0429621712 or Bev Laing 0418114826 for more information.
By Beth Thomas