In the Aesop Fable, The Tortoise and the Hare, slow and steady does the job. The same holds true for many things in life, but speed does have its place and in playing bridge, ‘claiming’ is often a good way to speed up play. If you see you have the remaining trick,” why take the time to finish playing. Just claim!”
This is correct, but on more than one occasion during a tournament or a regular game the person claiming does so before he/she has formulated the verbal description of the play. Once you say “I claim” you must tell your opponents how you intent to finish the hand. More often than not the description is flawed and instead of speeding up play the director has to be called and the claimer finds himself giving up a trick, because, he failed to explain his ‘ plan of play’ correctly. The claimer loses his train of thought and becomes defensive and confused.
So, play out the hand, particularly if you still have a trump outstanding, and although this sounds impossible this is usually the reason for most challenges. The player challenged has the higher trump and can draw his opponents card, but it will surprise you to know how many times in the explanation of play the declarer forgets to say “ I will draw trump and than, or I will cross rough and your trump is useless. If not stated, the director awards the challenger a trick.
Of the $30,000 ACBL Charity Foundation Grant collected from ACBL playing members this year; Unit 128, presented a $5000 dollar check to Suncoast Voices for Children. Suncoast Voices for Children provides financial assistance and Community resources to meet the needs of abused and neglected children in the Pinellas and Pasco counties of Florida.