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Law 12c - How Would You Rule?

In a Swiss match yesterday, I declared 3NT on this hand (spots approximate, hand rotated):

West
Q6532
632
6
J873
North
A109
K
J9854
A1095
East
K87
J10987
AKQ10
4
South
J4
AQ54
732
KQ62
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0

I opened a weak notrump, raised to three.  East, fearing we might be stealing, with a long club suit, thought for nearly a minute, then passed.  West led the heart six.

I won the king and played a low diamond from the table, and could no longer make the hand.  

My reasoning:  The normal play would be to try two spade finesses, but East was clearly thinking of bidding four spades, so those finesses rated to lose.  To make the hand with spades poorly placed, I would need to develop diamonds, unlikely, or strip East of exit cards before finessing in spades.

In the mean time, it was possible that the lead was from a short suit, and I could always judge to go back to spades, with more information available a bit later.  The diamond play could not possilby cost unless, as here, I hit someone with AKQ10 in diamonds. 

Sure enough, East won the diamond ten, and played back another heart, and, at this point, it became clear that West had hit partner's suit on the lead, so I reverted to spades, but too late.

The director, after conducting a poll, ruled that the lead of the heart six was not allowed, and changed the opening lead to a spade.  The directors then determined that the play would develop in such a way that I would know, before guessing clubs, that spades were 5-3, hearts 3-5.  That made the club guess completely random.  So, they applied Law 12c, and determined that 3NT would make 50% of the time.  

Eventually, they changed this ruling, but, since the victory points at stake didn't change the final outcome, no one really cared. 

 

Curious, though, I'll let you judge.  How would you rule?

Result stands - 3NT down one.
3NT makes three.
3NT makes 50% of the time.
Other.

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