# LEARNING CENTER

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Alerting is something that causes a lot of confusion for newer players (and even some experienced ones). Part of the problem is that the rules on what needs to be alerted can change. A good rule: if partner makes a bid that doesn't show that suit naturally, you should alert it. One of several exceptions to this is Stayman (not alertable).

In face-to-face bridge, we alert our partner's bids. Online, we "self-alert" and tell our opponents that we've made a bid that doesn't mean what it looks like.

There is an area where bids are "just bridge" and that can easily cause confusion, but it's safer to over-alert if you know you have an agreement than to under-alert and potentially damage the opponents. Click Here for Larry's new book on Conventions.

Which bids should be alerted? The N-S pair is playing Jacoby 2NT.

WestNorthEastSouth
1  Pass  2NT
Pass  3  Pass  4
Pass  4  All Pass

Choose One:

2NT

3

4

4

2NT and 3

2NT, 3 and 4

Which bids should be alerted? The N-S plays that 3 is weak after East's takeout double.

WestNorthEastSouth
1 DBL  3
Pass  4 All Pass

Choose One:

1

DBL

3

4

None of the above

Dbl and 3

Which of these calls needs to be alerted (explanations follow)?

WestNorthEastSouth
1  Pass  4
Pass  4NT  Pass  5
Pass  6  All Pass

4 = splinter showing shortness and heart support with game forcing values

4NT= 1430 Keycard Blackwood

5 = 3/0 Keycards

6 = to play

Choose One:

4

4NT

5

All of the Above

None of the Above

Which of the following bids should be alerted? Explanations follow.

WestNorthEastSouth
1  2  2
4  Pass  Pass  Double
All Pass

2 = Michaels Cuebid showing spades and a minor

2 = Cuebid of spades; limit raise or better in hearts

4 = Natural

Dbl = Penalty

Choose One:

2

2

4

Double

All of the above

None of the above

Two of the above

Which of the following bids is alertable? Explanations follow.

WestNorthEastSouth
1 Pass  1
Pass  1NT  Pass  2
Pass  2  Pass  4
All Pass

1 = 4+ spades 6+ points

1NT = 12-14 points and not four spades

2 = New Minor Forcing

Choose One:

1NT

2

2

4

All of the Above

None of the Above

Which of the following calls is alertable? Explanations follow.

WestNorthEastSouth
1NT  2  Pass  2
Pass  2  All Pass

1NT = 15-17 balanced

2 = Clubs and a higher suit (DONT)

2 = Pass or correct

2  = Hearts is the other suit

Choose One:

2

2

2

All of the above

None of the Above

Two of the Above