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Announcing & Alerting

The English Bridge Union has made minor changes to the scheme of announcements from August 1, 2013. This only applies to the EBU. So, if you play in any clubs or competitions playing to the EBU rules, you will be expected to use the Alerting and Announcing rules as explained below.

 

ANNOUNCING AND ALERTING SUMMARY

Opening Bid

Description

Announce

Alert

No Action

1

and

1

Could be on fewer than 3 cards

“May be X” where X is 0, 1 or 2

 

 

Natural, 3 or more

 

 

Other (strong, artificial)

 

 

1NT

Balanced

“12 to 14” (or appropriate range)

and, if relevant, “may contain a singleton”

 

 

2

Strong, Acol, (Benji Acol, etc)

 

 

Precision

“Intermediate”

 

 

2

Weak with diamonds

“Weak”

 

 

Strong with diamonds

“Strong, forcing”  or 
“Strong non-forcing”

 

 

Other (Benji, Multi, etc)

 

 

2 /

Weak with hearts/ spades

“Weak”

 

 

Strong with hearts/ spades

“Strong, forcing”  or 
“Strong non-forcing”

 

 

Other (Lucas, Flannery, etc)

 

 

2NT

Balanced

“20 to 22” (or appropriate range)

 

 

Responses to 1NT or 2NT openings

1NT - 2

2NT - 3

Simple Stayman (promissory or not)
[Note: 5-card Stayman is alerted].

“Stayman”

 

 

1NT - 2 - 2

2NT - 3 - 3

Denies 4 card major

 

 

1NT - 2

2NT - 3

Transfer

“Hearts”

 

 

1NT - 2 - 2

2NT - 3 - 3

Completion of transfer

 

 

1NT - 2

2NT - 3

Transfer

“Spades”

 

 

1NT - 2 - 2

2NT - 3 - 3

Completion of transfer

 

 

Bids above 3NT

Bids above

3NT

artificial suit bids on 1st round of the auction (for this purpose the first round of the bidding is the opening bid and three subsequent calls)

 

Other bids

 

 

 

 

Action over Opponents’ calls up to 3NT

Opponents Call …

Meaning of their call …

If your Double is …

Alert

No Action

A suit at any level

Natural

Take-out

 

Anything else

 

Does not show the suit (i.e. conventional or not natural)

Showing the suit doubled

 

Anything else

 

A suit opening

Prepared, Phoney, Short or Nebulous 1 or 1 opening

Take-out

 

Anything else

 

No trumps at any level

Natural or conventional

Penalty

 

Anything else

 

Opponents Call …

Meaning of their call …

If your Redouble is …

Alert

No Action

Double

Any meaning

for business, shows strength: partner is expected to pass

 

Partner is expected to remove

 

Action over Opponents’ calls above 3NT

Opponents Call …

Meaning of their call …

Other actions …

Alert

No Action

Above 3NT

Any meaning

Lead directing pass

 

Lead directing double for a different suit to the one doubled

 

Lightner double of, say 6NT, calling for a specific lead

 

Lead directing redouble for a different suit to the one redoubled

 

Any other pass, double or redouble

 

 

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