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To Finesse or Not to Finesse

To Finesse or Not To Finesse

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When should you finesse, and when you should not.

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An exciting and new audio-visual and interactive teaching method from Marty Bergen.

Marty's audio visual format significantly enhances your learning experience:

  • The combination of voice and visual effects makes it easier to understand what Marty is teaching.
  • The lesson is interactive, so students "learn by doing."
  • You can proceed at your own pace.
  • You can play and replay all or some of the lesson whenever you choose as many times as you like.
  • The lesson includes a written easy to read transcript for you to study.
  • The lesson contains several hours of extensive material.
  • The lesson is designed to work on most popular computers and browsers, including Windows, Mac, and iPad.

Approximate running time of this lesson: 110 minutes.


Approximate running time: 110 minutes.

Marty's audio visual format significantly enhances your learning experience:

- The combination of voice and visual effects makes it easier to understand what Marty is teaching.
- The lesson is interactive, so students "learn by doing."
- You can proceed at your own pace.
- You can play and replay all or some of the lesson whenever you choose as many times as you like.
- The lesson includes a written easy to read transcript for you to study.
- The lesson contains several hours of extensive material.
- The lesson is designed to work on most popular computers and browsers, including Windows, Mac, and iPad.


In this lesson:

???A finesse is a tool; and you don???t use a tool without rhyme or reason, just because it happens to be lying about.???
Alfred Sheinwold

When it comes to finesses, a major philosophical difference separates the masses from the most accomplished players.  Most players love to finesse. Finessing is usually simple, and it provides immediate gratification (when it works).

However, experts don???t like to finesse; never have and never will. Why? Finesses lose half the time.  Marty compares the expert???s mindset with that of a professional gambler.  He certainly doesn???t get rich on 50-50 propositions.  Of course, that does does not mean that you should never finesse. Finessing will always be an important part of the game.

For each deal, Marty will explain exactly how and what you should think to decide whether or not you should finesse.

-  How to give yourself an extra chance
-  When should you play differently at matchpoints
-  When it is more helpful to count winners in a suit contract
-  What you must know about suit combinations
-  How to avoid annoying misguesses
-  How to make the most of 5-card suits
-  How to prevent the dangerous opponent from gaining the lead
-  The right time to lose your loser(s)
-  The right time to throw a loser on a loser
-  The right time to go for an endplay
-  The right time to take a safety play

Here is an example of what Marty will discuss in the lesson:

West
??? 5 4
??? A Q 7
??? A K 10 8 4 3
??? 10 3
North
??? 10 9 8 3
??? 4 3
??? J 9
??? K 8 7 5 2
East
??? 7
??? J 10 9 6 5
??? 7 6 5 2
??? Q J 9
 
  South
??? A K Q J 6 2
??? K 8 2
??? Q
??? A 6 4
 

South is the declarer in 4???.  West leads the ???A and continues with the ???K.
How would you play? 
 

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