[BLML] Slip of the Forked Tongue (3)
rfrick at rfrick.info
Thu Nov 4 02:03:01 CET 2010
On Wed, 03 Nov 2010 18:36:10 -0400, <gampas at aol.com> wrote:
> K J98742
> 10974 65
> 6432 87
> J432 987
> Dealer South 1NT (12-14) - 7NT, lead ten of hearts
> Declarer claimed with the statement: "Taking the heart finesse unless
> the jack of clubs comes down." West, the club's equivalent of the
> Secretary Bird, stated that it did not fall, and he had the nine of
> hearts, so the only heart finesse available failed.
> How do you rule?
The ACBL asks directors to distinguish faulty claims from poorly expressed
claims. I have found that advice useful. Here, I would rule that the
declarer could not have meant to finesse in hearts and hence must have
misspoke. I would allow the spade finesse. If there is a chance, I would
first make the claimant clarify his claim.
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