[BLML] detaching a card (or not)
rfrick at rfrick.info
Sun Nov 3 02:52:08 CET 2013
I happened to be watching a table and saw a defender detach a card from
her hand while declarer was deciding what to play from the dummy. She says
it was below the table and no one could see. It didn't look that way to me
when it was first detached. But anyway.
According to the laws, the issue is courtesy. Declarer didn't seem to
mind. If the defender wanted to hurry declarer, she should have held the
detached card about the table.
Does anyone care about the card combination? Her partner led the jack of
clubs, and dummy had Axxx. The detacher can't have the king without the
Or, suppose she regularly detaches cards. If she doesn't detach, that
suggests the king in this card combination? Right? I am thinking that the
failure to detach is not an irregularity and declarer cannot call the
director to complain. Still, I can imagine her partner getting a table
feel that his partner has the king.
As you might guess, I dislike detaching and think it should be banned as
Are there any good articles on the information in a detachment?
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