Compliance with the online alerting requirements is patchy to say the least. BPS will shortly publish some guidance on alerting and explaining but there are 3 overarching principles:
a) At the start of a round please give an overview of your system. Something like “Acol, 3 Wk2s, Weak NT, Standard leads, standard signals and discards (HELD), Weak jump overcalls”. You can keep this line in your paste buffer to use from round to round, if you don’t want to keep typing it in.
b) Every time you make a conventional bid you need to alert and explain it. You also need to alert 1N and 2N opening ranges and when you open 2 of a suit. Because your partner can’t see your explanation, you should err on the side of over-alerting online.
c) You can request an explanation of a bid by clicking on the bid. If you don’t get an answer mail the opponent using Chat and ask him/her. Don’t worry about asking one opponent for an explanation of a bid or a signal. As long as you send the message to the opponent who made the bid or play, only he/she will see it and there will be no danger of unauthorised information being passed.
Undos on BPS
From Thursday 1 April, Undos for carding mis-clicks will be allowed. These must only be for mechanical errors and not a change of mind. If the mis-click request is not allowed by the opponents, then the TD should be called. This policy will be reviewed after 3 months.
a) Quarterly championship pairs in two categories – Open, NGS 10 and below.
Heats on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of February, March and April
Starts Mon 1st February
Best 4 scores with the same partner
Prizes £10 per player as free BPS sessions to each player
b) Single session Mens Pairs on Wed 10th February
c) Single session Ladies Pairs on Wed 10th March
d) Single session Mixed Pairs on Wed 14th April
Two Categories - Open and NGS 10 and below
Prizes of £2:50 per player paid as free session to the leading partnership