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Filler - ALERTING ON BBO

We have all been playing on BBO for a long while now and because we are now familiar with it and because we play against people we have played against for a considerable while, many of us (and I am not excluding myself) have become a bit lazy about alerting or providing a description of your bid. This is true even when people are asked.  So, a few guidelines to help: -

  • 1NT Openings – Yes, I know most of us play a 12-14 NT but not everyone and it’s often difficult to remember who does what. It takes just seconds to type 12-14 or 12-15. This doesn’t mean that if your downgrade a 15 point hand to 14 points that you can’t still open 1NT you can. All you are required to say is what your partnership agreement is.
  • Stayman & Transfers – These should always be specified as ‘Stayman’ and ‘Hearts’ or ‘Spades’.
  • Weak Twos – Always announce as ‘Weak’
  • Strong Two’s – Always announce as ‘Strong’

Anything in between (and there are some legitimate bids) are announced as ‘Intermediate’.  You also remember that for a strong bid (Benji 2c or a strong two which require 8 playing tricks) you must have at least 16 HCP not including voids or singletons (otherwise it’s not legal).  Pre-empts at the 3, 4 & 5 level do not need to be alerted.  1NT Overcalls (& doubles) – This is the most common area where many conventions are played and so it is important to alert your opponents straight away. For example, my partner and I play a convention called ‘Lionel’ in this position. So our 2c overcall shows Hearts & Clubs, so we type it in as below, before we make the bid "Hearts and Clubs, 12+ points|". This is what I expect my Partner to understand by the bid. 

When you Double 1NT for penalties, you do not need to announce or alert this as it is an accepted principle that this is for penalties. If you double 1NT but it is not for penalties then you do need to alert it.  Natural Overcalls of 1NT should be described simply as that ‘Natural’. So, if you overcall 1NT with 2H for example and you don’t play any conventions for this you don’t need to alert. However, because many people do play conventions here you may get asked what it means, if so just state ‘Natural’.

Blackwood does not, in theory, need to be alerted, but Roman Keycard Blackwood (or Keycard Blackwood) does. Simply state RKCB. The partner of the RKBC bidder should describe what their response means. (“2 Keycards” for instance).

When someone asks you to describe a bid you have made but which you have not discussed with your partner, you should just say ‘No Partnership agreement’. The opponent’s are only entitled to the same information that you expect your partner to have.  However, one excellent way to avoid having to describe a lot of standard bids is to announce a brief synopsis of your system as you join the table and introduce yourselves. We all tend to say hi or good evening, but this can be combined by copying to your clipboard and then ‘pasting’ as you join the table so for example, or by using the Chat Manager functionality.  ‘Good evening both, we play Benji Acol (Strong 2C/2D) with 12-14 NT, Stayman, Transfers and a Weak 2H & 2S’.  That way it shouldn’t be necessary to announce everything. If asked of course you should explain (as it is possible for people to miss the initial chat line).

Nigel

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