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Announcing Rules

Follow the Law!

Every 10 years the World Bridge Federation amends the Laws of Bridge, which include the procedures when something goes wrong. The latest update has just been published and is being followed by the EBU and South Bucks Bridge Club as from 1st August

Players will notice little or no difference for most of the time, but Directors have to become familiar with the new regulations.  All SBBC Directors have been to a seminar about the new Laws but are likely to consult the new Law Book and take a little longer when they have to give a ruling.

Players should not make any decision about what to do when something goes wrong.  

Please! Please! Please! call the Director immediately for any irregularity in bidding, play or behaviour. He or she is there to help and the sooner the better.yes

EBU announcing regulations

1NT Openings and Responses

Natural 1NT openings are announced by stating the range, e.g. by saying “12 to 14”. Where a 1NT opening which is in principle natural may be made by agreement on some hands which contain a singleton, it is announced by stating the range followed by “may contain a singleton”.

A Stayman 2C bid is announced, but only in response to a natural 1NT opening where there has been no intervention, and only where it is used to ask for a four card major. Opener says “Stayman”. After such a 2C response a standard 2D rebid by opener is not alerted. Unusual replies such as the opener bidding 2NT or higher or 2S showing spades but not denying hearts should be alerted. Stayman is announced whether or not it shows a four card major.

Red suit transfers at the two level i.e. to hearts and to spades, are announced, but only in response to a natural 1NT opening where there has been no intervention, and where the transfer shows at least five cards in the major suit concerned. Opener says “Hearts” when 2D is bid, or “Spades” when 2H is bid.

Two of a Suit Openings

A natural (5+ cards) opening bid of two of a suit is announced by stating its range from the following categories. Partner of the opener says the words shown.

(a) “Strong, forcing” (b) “Strong, not forcing”

(c) “Intermediate” (d) “Weak”

It is possible to play a wide-ranging opening that covers more than one category, in which case the announcement should say so. Examples are:

(a) “Intermediate to strong, forcing” or (b) “Weak to Intermediate”

For example, a 6-12 opening would be described as “Weak to intermediate”.

Distributional constraints do not stop an opening bid being considered natural. For example, a Precision 2C opening is traditionally only made on a 5-card suit when there is a 4-card major, but also may be made with a longer club suit and no major. A Precision 2C is considered natural since no other suit is guaranteed and thus is announced as “intermediate”. Some openings guarantee another suit so are not natural. For example a Lucas 2S, showing spades and another suit, is alerted not announced.

All two of a suit openings are either announced (if natural, 5+ cards) or alerted (if artificial).

2NT openings and responses

Natural 2NT openings are announced by stating the range, e.g. by saying “20 to 22”. It is not necessary to add “may contain a singleton”.

A Stayman 3C bid is announced, but only in response to a natural 2NT opening where there has been no intervention; and only where it is used to ask for a four card major. Opener says “Stayman”. After such a 3C response a 3D rebid by opener denying a major does not need an alert. Unusual responses such as opener bidding 3NT or higher or 3S showing spades but not denying hearts should be alerted. Stayman is announced whether or not it shows a four card major.

Red suit transfers at the three level, i.e. to spades and to hearts, are announced, but only in response to a natural 2NT opening where there has been no intervention, and where the transfer shows at least five cards in the major suit concerned. Opener says “Hearts” when 3D is bid, or “Spades” when 3H is bid.