every Thursday at 7.25 for 7.30
Mountnessing Village Hall, Roman Road, Mountnessing, Essex, England,
players are used to the idea of 'alerting' partner's conventional
bids, but with effect from 1st August 2006 the EBU introduced a
new scheme whereby the rules about 'alerting' changed, and some
bids now need to be 'announced' instead. In common with all clubs
that are affiliated to the EBU, Mountnessing Bridge Club has
adopted the new scheme.
useful full statement of the new rules has been copied from the
EBU Website – see the Director's page - but the main points
your partner opens 1NT you must 'announce' the High
Card Point range
your partner opens a natural two of a suit you must 'announce'
the strength - such as 'weak', or 'strong and forcing' or 'strong
and non-forcing'; if the two of a suit opening is not natural
(e.g., strong 2♣, Multi, Lucas, etc.) it must still be
your partner responds 2♣ to your 1NT opening and it is
Stayman (whether promissory or not) 'announce' it
as Stayman, but alert it if it is anything else.
The 2♦ response to Stayman is
no longer alertable'
your partner responds in diamonds or hearts to your 1NT opening
and this is a transfer bid, 'announce' hearts or
spades as appropriate
of 1NT bids - including 1NT responses and rebids - are
assumed to be for penalties and should be alerted
otherwise. E.g., if in the sequence 1♥
no 1NT x the double is intended as a take-out of 1♥
then it is alertable.
of suit bids up to 3♠ are assumed to be for
take-out, and must be alerted if otherwise.
E.g., in 1NT 2♦ (natural) x -
if the double is not for take-out it is alertable. [Most
experienced players would take this double as penalties - so
most experienced players should be alerting it!]
above 3NT are no longer alertable EXCEPT artificial opening bids
at the 4-level or higher
comments based on a article by Jeremy Dhondy as to which doubles
should be alerted and which do not need to be are available –
see the Director's page for the link.
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