Auction and Explanations
|Contract: 3NT S
Declarer claimed 9 tricks
3NTS NS -50
Tournament Directors Statement of Facts and Ruling :
The claim was disputed by EW as 5 spade tricks were not
available. I was called to the table. Declarer made the statement that if he
could not take five spades then the only logical alternative was to to take the
heart finesse. As this was losing, 8 tricks were agreed and the board scored as
After the match, and after consulting the hand record, it was noted
that as the H10 was singleton, declarer could still make 9 tricks even after
giving up the HQ.
Under Law 71, the director may cancel a concession (in this
instance, declarer's concession of 5 tricks) "if the player has conceded a
trick that could not be lost by any normal play of the remaining cards."
I ruled that this was not the case and allowed the score to stand.
The reasons were:
the additional possibilites were not noted at the the time
6 out of 11 declarers in 3NT were defeated
Reasons for Appeal:
* My analysis at the table was incorrect. With H10 dropping I had 9
* The line stated at the table was not the line taken by declarers who failed.
Decision of the Appeals Committee:
Director's Decision upheld.
declarer notices that West shows out on second spade and
declarer decides to finesse hearts and notices 10 from East then
there are alternative lines of play. e.g. double D finesse, i.e.
small to AJ9xx finessing 9 when West follows low. Declarer was extremely
careless in his claim and cannot subsequently select the winning line.