CHINESE FINESSE

Definition: An attempt to win a trick by leading an unsupported honor



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

If South needs to avoid a loser in this suit, he may dismiss the remote chance of dropping the singleton king, and try the effect of leading the queen from his hand.   In the diagrammed situation, West may well decide to duck, fearing that South has QJ10(9).

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