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Irrational Plays

I have seen my fair share of claim ruling hands on this site......and it amazes me how many people feel comfortable with rulings that are based on a player having made a minor lapse in counting or similar to now officially be branded with an IQ off 2....and play on almost randomly

What is the point of the "Irrational plays" line in the laws.....if this basically lets even the most simple of hands be mis-played (see YJBT - 6NT claimed thread).  You might as well just shoot the offender immediately and put them out of his misery.

EG.  What would you rule on the below hand if a top flight player spread his cards and claimed his 7NT without stating the obvious line?

I really think the application of the rules we have has reached an all time low in sportmanship by many players

North
AKx
AQx
Kx
AQ10xx
South
Qxx
Kxx
AQx
K98x

What can be done to improve this?

 

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