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Sour grapes? Or justified Law 73F application?

West
K65
75
QJ109
10763
North
9
AK6
8743
AKQJ4
East
74
QJ10432
A652
5
South
AQJ10832
98
K
982
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

2 was an absolute game force. (Systemically could not stop in four of a minor.)

This happened in an ACBL club game where the two involved pairs were probably the two best pairs in the room, but I want you to assume this happened in a higher rated event, such as a good quality two-session regional pairs event.

West takes 5 to 10 seconds to lead the Q. Declarer takes about 20 seconds to look over dummy and calls for a low diamond. East takes about 10 to 15 seconds and plays the A, and declarer (South) plays the K.

East then takes about 45 seconds and switches to the 5. Declarer plays the 9, 10, ace.

At trick 3, declarer plays the 9 from dummy, 7, 10, K,

West thinks for about 5 to 10 seconds and leads a club, ruffed by East with the 4

(10 tricks scored poorly, as most pairs made 11 tricks.)

Let us now assume declarer calls the director and due to the very long pause before the club shift, cites the phrase

"who could have known, at the time of the action, that the action could work to his benefit"

in Law 73F (Violation of Proprietes): "When a violation of the Proprieties described in this law results in damage to an innocent opponent, if the director determines that an innocent player has drawn a false inference from a remark, manner, tempo or the like of an opponent who has no demonstrable bridge reason for the action, and who could have known, at the time of the action, that the action could work to his benefit, the director shall award an adjusted score (see Law 12C).

Does declarer have a leg to stand on? Or is it sour grapes and very unlucky East held exactly two small spades and one club?

Declarer does have reasonable justification for thinking an adjusted score should be awarded
Declarer has some justification, but an adjusted score should not be awarded
Declarer is justified, and East will need to present a good "demonstrable bridge reason for the action (hesitation)"
Sour grapes and unlucky for declarer
Sour grapes and declarer should clearly not have finessed in trumps, despite how long it took for the club shift.

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