Suit Combination – J Missing

The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge presents the optional lines of play in contract bridge for a single suit in isolation in which declarer and dummy hands lack the jack but possess the ace, king, queen and ten. The selected line of play varies depending on how many cards are held by the defence and the minimum number of tricks required. The probability of success is also presented.

The play recommended by the encyclopedia is generally to finesse the 10 or play off the top honors depending on the precise combination as shown below:
x - AKQ10: finesse
x - AKQ10x: finesse
x - AKQ10xx: drop off
x - AKQ10xxx: drop off

Famous quotes containing the words missing, suit and/or combination:

    Franklin,—Washington,—they were left off without dying; they were merely missing one day.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Selflessness is like waiting in a hospital
    In a badly-fitting suit on a cold wet morning.
    Selfishness is like listening to good jazz
    With drinks for further orders and a huge fire.
    Philip Larkin (1922–1986)

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    John Ashbery (b. 1927)