Pocklington Bridge Club

Rules & Etiquette
When to alert conventional bids

When your partner makes a 'conventional' bid, you must play your Alert card immediately, so that both opponents see it. When you are sure that both your opponents have seen the Alert card, put it back in the bidding box.

Do not wait until after your LHO to bid or pass before alerting your partner's bid. If you wait until it is your turn to bid before playing your Alert card, your LHO is entitled to change his call in the light of knowing your partner's bid was conventional. His partner can use both the original and the changed call when deciding what to bid, this would not count as unauthorised information.

You must alert any bid that is not part of standard Acol. This includes (but is not limited to):

You do not need to alert:

If you are not sure whether to alert or not, play safe and play the Alert card. Remember, you must alert any bid that gives information about strength or distribution other than prescribed by your basic system.

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