Source: “Play Bridge with the Aces”
Dealer South None Vul
| K 10 7 3
K J 7 2
8 5 3
| J 6
A Q J 6 2
K Q 10 5
Q 10 8 4
9 8 7 6 4 2
| A Q 9 8 4 2
A 6 3
K 9 7
Opening Lead K
As the cards were, many declarers would fail to make the contract. The bad lie of the hearts would prevent either a successful finesse in that suit or establishment of a long heart for a vital diamond discard. A normal result would be down one, declarer losing three diamonds and one heart.
Alerted by the bidding and the opening lead, Frank Beard* in South, found a sure-fire way to land his contract.
Beard won the lead of the K in dummy and drew tumps in two rounds, Beard then refused the heart finesse and played first his ace and then a low heart to dummy’s king.
Next came dummy’s J and instead of ruffing, he discarded his remaining low heart. West (Bob Hamman) was saddled with the lead and had no safe exits. «Beard Beards Bob Hamman»
The lead of a diamond would establish Beard’s king and the lead of a club would present Beard with a ruff and discard.
(Note that even if West held one or more hearts, an unlikely event, dummy’s J could be established after a heart lead by West).