Sunday, May 1, 2011

When is a card a played card?

There are two answers--one for declarer and one for defenders. Let's take the easy one first. A defender's card is played if it was held in such a way that it was possible for partner to have seen it, even if partner did not see it.

Declarer's card is played if it is faced and touches or nearly touches the table, or is maintained in a position indicating it has been played, or that he intends to play it. Dummy's card must be played if declarer names a card or if declarer touches it to play it. If the call is inadvertent ("Oh no" or "Wait") with no pause for thought before correcting, the card does not have to be played.

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