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Recently, I had my card for the opening lead face down.  Before anything had happened, I decided to lead a different card.  My opponent objected, but the director upheld me.  However, he may have been wrong since Law 47A says:

A. Face-down Opening LeadAfter a bid, double or redouble has been followed by three passes in rotation, the defender on presumed declarer’s left makes the openinglead face down. The face-down lead may be withdrawn only upon instruction of the Director after an irregularity (see Laws 47E and 54);

 

It seems surprising that one may not replace their faced down card.  Am I interpreting 47A correctly?

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