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That there are guidelines to determine what sort of hand qualifies for a strong club or artificial 2-level opening (Benji 2C, 2D). It must satisfy ONE of the following criteria:
That failure to move the boards at the end of a round can be very disruptive.
If your table is still playing the cards after the director calls "move", dummy should be ready to move the completed boards to the next table, but only on demand.
If the next table is still in play, there is no point interrupting them to pass the boards.
If you are waiting to start at a table and the boards are not already there, a POLITE request to dummy on the next table for the completed board(s) should be sufficient.
Try and avoid just reaching across the table in play and retrieving the boards, or shouting at the table in play, thus disturbing their concentration.
That play should stop immediately once a declarer makes a claim.
If one or both of the defenders then dispute the claim (or the claim is invalid), then the director should be called who will then act as arbiter.
There is NO option to continue the play (for either side).
Any points of contention in the claim (such as failure to state the drawing of outstanding trumps in the defender's hands) will be settled against declarer if there is a logical (but not irrational) line of play that allows the defence to win one or more tricks.
The Stop card dictates that the next person to bid SHOULD wait 10 seconds before bidding?
Have you ever looked at the reverse of the Stop card? Take it out of the bidding box and read it - it should state exactly this.
The Stop card should be used when the bidder intends to skip one or more levels in the bidding scheme and should be placed in the middle of the table prior to making his/her bid. It is used to notify both partner and the opposition.
After 10 seconds the Stop card should then be removed. The next person to bid SHOULD NOT bid until the Stop card has been removed.
This helps to avoid the unauthorised passing of information between partners by a longer than normal pause.
That you should not ask about a bid by an opponent during the auction unless your subsequent bid is dependent upon its meaning.
More importantly, if your subsequent bid is pass then you must be very careful to not pass unauthorised information to your partner (for example that you hold cards in a particular suit) e.g. an enquiry about an opposition 2C response to 1NT which is explained as Stayman, to which you then pass, strongly suggests that you have a club suit, regardless of whether this is intentional or not.
For this reason you should always ascertain the main points about the opposition bidding system BEFORE you start play, such as opening 1NT strength and 1C openings.
The best time to ask questions about opposition bidding is at the end of the auction when it is your turn to lead, or when partner has selected his/her lead, or if you are declarer, once the defenders have completed asking their questions.
Never ask questions just for the sake of it and don't badger an opponent into giving an answer, simply because you don't like the first response !
Following the introduction of announcements, the rules on alerting should be easier to understand. Essentially this means any bid which is
Examples include 1C opening showing 16+ points, 2C overcall to 1NT as a conventional bid e.g. Astro, and 4C response to 1H/1S opening intended as a Splinter bid, etc.
Over 1NT, 2C Stayman and 2D/2H transfer bids are announced. Similarly a 2NT opening and 3C Stayman and 3D/3H transfer bids are announced. Any other responses to 2NT which do not show the suit that is bid are alertable.
Sputnik (negative) doubles are no longer alertable since the introduction of announcements. All doubles of a suit during the auction below 3NT are assumed to be takeout - you only need to alert penalty doubles. Conversely, any double of a NT bid is assumed to penalties - so any double which is then for take-out needs to be alerted.
What about 1H-Dbl-2D where 2D shows a weak hand ? This also needs alerting on the basis that whilst it is a natural bid it shows something that the opponents would not be expecting i.e. a non-forcing bid. Similarly 1H-Pass-3H where 3H is pre-emptive raise is alertable on the basis that opponents would not be expecting it.
1S opening showing 5 card suit, a weak jump overcall or a double of an artificial bid for lead direction purposes, are NOT alertable, as they are "expected" meanings for these bids. Always read the convention card for your opponents or ask about their basic system before playing a round or match.
That you should call the director whenever something goes amiss at the bridge table. However this doesn't mean when your partner takes the wrong view in a slam contract !!
Even if you think you know the rules, or the scenario appears the same as the previous time - call a director . You may be damaging your rights to total compensation if it was found that you should have called the director to rule in the first instance.
Whilst most club nights will involve a playing director, it is the director who knows the rules or at least will know how to use the rules to seek maximum benefit to the non-offending side.
The most often abused situations are claims by declarer which are disputed and insufficient bids where one side tells the other what to do. Both situations should be arbited by a director to ensure that the full range of options are explained to the non-offending side.
Finally the director is there to ensure proper behaviour at all times. If an argument ensues or someone's behaviour is offensive, call for the director rather than get involved and upset your game for the remainder of the evening.