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Alerts and CALENDAR

OF EVENTS

Announcements I DECEMBER

on-line survey

8–9 Gold Cup Congress

Peebles

21 – 23 (Junior Channel Trophy

Netherlands)

27 – 30 Year-End Congress

THE Laws and Ethics Committee met and Question 3: London

discussed the findings of the recent alerts and Announcing a transfer over a 1NT opener 28 – 30 Year-End Congress

announcements survey. They were pleased to note Announce the transfer bid suit, i.e. hearts or Blackpool

that the findings gave a vote of confidence to the spades. 44.35% (330)

current position. They think that there are some Announce the transfer bid as transfer.

I JANUARY 2008

4–6 Midland Counties Congress

areas worthy of discussion and, for example, the 25.4% (189)

Bransford

responses to the question about alerting doubles Alert the transfer bid. 29.57% (220) 5–6 Women’s Trials

suggested this is an area that might be clarified. A (first Weekend)

significant number of helpful e-mailed responses Question 4: Doubles

London

had also been received which need to be considered. The only doubles that should be alerted are all take- 5–6 Manchester Congress

The committee was mindful that players dislike out doubles below 3NT. 12.23% (91) Manchester

frequent change to alerting and announcing The only doubles that should be alerted are all 7–9 BGB Winter Sim Pairs

procedures and in line with previous policy will penalty doubles below 3NT. 13.44% (100) Clubs

make no change until 1 August 2008. A meeting in No doubles should be alerted below 3NT. 11 – 13 Camrose – first weekend

the near future will be set aside to discuss the 22.58% (168) Northern Ireland

survey results and the correspondence arising All doubles should be alerted including supportive, 11 – 14 On-line Players Congress

from it. A note will appear on the web site take out, penalty, lead directing etc. below 3NT. Hinckley

6.18% (46) 19 – 20 National Swiss Teams

following this meeting.

Alert all non take out doubles below 3NT. Congress

We would like to stress to our players the im- – NOT Bracketed Teams

portance of announcing the system that you play 16.53% (123)

Hinckley

when you sit down at the table. This will help all All non-penalty doubles of NT bids below 3NT

26 – 27 National Women’s and

players understand how to defend or compete be- should be alerted; all non-takeout doubles of suit Men’s Pairs

fore play begins and will remove the possibility of bids below 3NT should be alerted. 28.23% (210) Hinckley

passing unauthorised information to partner.

The EBU Alerts and Announcements Online

Question 5: Alerting over 3NT I FEBRUARY 2008

Re-introduce alerting over 3NT. 26.48% (197)

Survey ran online from 6 -31 August 2007. Figures 1-6 EBU Overseas Congress

Retain no alerting over 3NT. 73.12% (544) Lanzarote

displayed show percentage of total responses

(gross). 2-4 Women’s Trials

Question 6: Two-level suit openings

2nd Weekend

RESPONSES: 744 Should all be alerted. 12.63% (94) Barkston Gardens Hotel,

Should all be announced. 20.83% (155) London

Our meetings with representatives of a small Artificial bids should be alerted and natural bids 9 - 10 Tollemache Cup Final

selection of six clubs around the country have announced. 36.56% (272) Hinckley

enabled us to formulate questions about the key Artificial bids should be alerted. 29.57% (220) 10 G.W. Arnott-Davidson

issues. We did not address all the changes, only Trophy Qualifier

those highlighted by the clubs visited. London, Sheffield

This was an online survey only. Participating 16 - 17 Junior Camrose Weekend

members play in:

Club 95.7% (712)

Reminders 22 - 24

England

Spring Congress

County Events 69.09% (514) Harrogate

***CHANGE OF FORMAT***: The proposed 23 Golfprint Regional Finals

EBU Events 67.74% (504)

Bracketed Teams event is going to revert to Various

Question 1: its previous format, the National Swiss

Announcing the value of an opening 1NT Teams Congress. The date and venue are I MARCH 2008

Announcing all natural 1NT openers other than unchanged: 19-20 January 2008 in Hinckley, 1-2 Ranked Masters Pairs

the 12 -14 1NT. 20.97% (156) Hinckley

THE NATIONAL MEN’S AND WOMEN’S 6 - 16 (American Spring

All opening natural 1NTs should be announced.

PAIRS will take place in Hinckley on 26-27 Nationals

42.34% (315)

January 2008. Detroit)

No opening 1NT should be announced.

7-9 Camrose – final weekend

14.65% (109) WATCH OUT for your Membership Renewal

Republic of Ireland

Pre-alert all 1NT openings. i.e. at the beginning of Invitation for 2008/09, which will be mailed 8 One-day events:

the round. 21.64% (161) with the February issue of English Bridge. Avon / Wiltshire,

BAKER TILLY LANZAROTE CONGRESS: Leicestershire,

Question 2: London, Manchester

Announcing Stayman over a 1NT opening There are still some places left for this

9 One-day events:

Stayman should be announced. 42.61% (317) Overseas Congress (February 1-6 2008,

Avon / Wiltshire, Channel

Stayman should be alerted. 20.56% (153) Gran Melia Salinas, Costa Teguise). Islands, Leicestershire,

Stayman should neither be alerted nor announced Entries: EBU 01296 317203/5. Travel and London, Merseyside

so any 2♣ response to a 1NT opener that is alerted accommodation enquiries: Bridge Overseas, 14 - 16 Cumbria Congress

will be something other than Stayman. freephone 0800 0346 246. Bowness-on-Windermere

36.56% (272)

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