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Announcing and Alerting

Opening Bid Description Announce Alert No Action
1C and 1D Could be on fewer than 3 cards Yes
Could be as few as 3 cards Yes
Other (strong, artificial) Yes
1NT Balanced "12 to 14" (or appropriate range)
and, if relevant,
"may contain a singleton"
2C Strong, Acol, Benji Acol, etc Yes
Precision "Intermediate"
2D Weak with Diamonds "Weak"
Strong with Diamonds "Strong forcing" or
"Strong non-forcing"
Other (Benji, Multi, etc) Yes
2H/S Weak with Hearts/Spades "Weak"
Strong with Hearts/Spades "Strong forcing" or
"Strong non-forcing"
Other (Lucas, Flannery, etc) Yes
Responses to 1NT
1NT - 2C Simple Stayman
(promissory or not)
"Stayman"
1NT - 2C - 2D Denies 4 card major Yes
1NT - 2D Transfer "Hearts"
1NT - 2D - 2H Completion of transfer Yes
1NT - 2H Transfer "Spades"
1NT - 2H - 2S Completion of transfer Yes
Bids above 3NT
Bids above 3NT Artificial opening bids Yes
Other bids Yes



Action over Opponents' calls
Opponents Call ... Meaning of their call ... If your Double is ... Alert No Action
A suit at any level Natural Take-out Yes
Anything else Yes
Does not show the suit
(ie conventional or not natural)
Showing the suit doubled Yes
Anything else Yes
A suit opening Prepared, Phoney, Short or
Nebulous 1C or 1D opening
Take-out Yes
Anything else Yes
No trumps at any level Natural or conventional Penalty Yes
Anything else Yes
Opponents Call ... Meaning of their call ... If your Redouble is ... Alert No Action
Double Any meaning For business, shows strength:
partner is expected to pass
Yes
Partner is expected to remove Yes
Opponents Call ... Meaning of their call ... Other actions ... Alert No Action
Above 3NT Any meaning Lead directing pass Yes
Lead directing double for a
different suit to the one doubled
Yes
Lead directing redouble for a
different suit to the one redoubled
Yes
Any other pass, double or redouble Yes

The English Bridge Union 2006

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