Enjoy the summer!
We start again on Monday September 30th.
Paula and John are runners up - again!
From 1 September 2007 the Scottish Bridge Union will adopt the WBF policy on Alerting, which is:
“The following classes of calls should be alerted: Conventional bids should be alerted, non-conventional bids should not. Those bids which have special meanings or which are based on or lead to special understandings between the partners. (A player may not make a call or play based on a special partnership understanding unless an opposing pair may reasonably be expected to understand its meaning, or unless his side discloses the use of such call or play in accordance with the regulations of the sponsoring organization). See Law 40(b). Non-forcing jump changes of suit responses to opening bids or overcalls, and non-forcing new suit responses by an unpassed hand to opening bids of one of a suit.Do NOT alert the following: All doubles. Any no-trump bid which suggests a balanced or semi-balanced hand, or suggests a no-trump contract. Any call at the four level or higher, with the exception of conventional calls on the first round of the auction.Nevertheless, players must respect the spirit of the Policy as well as the letter.”
“The following classes of calls should be alerted:
You should not alert
South African Texas openings of 4♣ or 4♦ that show hearts or spades respectivelycue-bids or splinter bids in response to an opening bid two-suited overcalls such as (2♠) 4♣ showing clubs and hearts
simple Stayman (including the 2♦ rebid denying a major)transfers over 1NT and 2NT (but do not alert the completion of the transfer)two-suited two-level openers or overcallsfit jumps, showing the suit bid plus support for partner’s suit
These changes mean that it is more important than ever to draw your opponents’ attention to unusual aspects of your methods. At the beginning of a round or match, you should inform your opponents of your basic system, no-trump range, the meaning of your two-level openers and any unusual aspects of your methods, in particular any unusual uses of doubles.
(If you are playing a simple system in your club it will be sufficient to fill out the basic convention card on the front of your scorecard.)
Remember the spirit of the WBF policy: to ensure that opponents are not disadvantaged by ignorance of your agreements.
If you have any questions, or comments, pleased direct them to the Chairman of the Laws and Ethics Committee,
Liz McGowan ( firstname.lastname@example.org )