Courage or lunacy?

A brilliant lead!

This hand was against Peter Rogers (North) and Steven Burgess (South) in the 1996 Australian Playoffs. I was sitting East, playing with Ted Chadwick.

Bd 4
All Vul
W Dealer
A K 9 7 2
A Q J 7 2
6
Q 8
 
8 6 3

A K Q 10 9 8
9 7 6 4
[ 4 ] J
9 8 5 4 3
J 7 5
A J 5 3
  Q 10 5 4
K 10 6
4 3 2
K 10 2
 

W N E S
3  4 5 5
 P  P P

Burgess figured that all his honours were working, so soldiered onto 5.

What do you lead?

Most people would put the A on the table and the contract would make.

Ted led 9; I overtook with the J and considered why partner had underled his AKQ. I returned the 3 for a ruff (suit preference), which Ted ruffed and duly sent back a to my Ace for a second ruff – 2 down.

The underlead of the AKQ was risky but was the only way to defeat the contract.

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