[BLML] detaching a card (or not)

Robert Frick rfrick at rfrick.info
Sun Nov 3 22:28:40 CET 2013


On Sun, 03 Nov 2013 04:41:48 -0500, Sven Pran <svenpran at online.no> wrote:

>> Robert Frick
>> 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
>> queen, right?
>>
>> 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
> giving
>> UI.
>>
>> Are there any good articles on the information in a detachment?
>
> [Sven Pran]
> You are correct that this is a matter of courtesy - Law 74B3
>
> However: As spectator you are bound by Law 76 and in particular:
> L76B2 - A spectator must not show any reaction to the bidding or play  
> when a
> deal is in progress.
> L76B3 - During a round a spectator must refrain from mannerisms or  
> remarks
> of any kind and must have no conversation with a player.
> L76B5 - A spectator at the table shall not draw attention to any aspect  
> of
> the game.
> L76C1 - A spectator may speak as to fact or law within the playing area*
> only when requested to do so by the Director.
>
> So I believe this incident is none of your business (no insult  
> intended!).

I was the director

>
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