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You are right: Gerber is alerted on the first round

only. EBU Blue Book 4B4:

Once the auction is above the level of 3NT, no calls are

to be alerted except for:

(a) Artificial suit bids above 3NT made before the

opening bidder's second turn to call (ie the first bid

and the next three calls).

By contrast, 4NT is never alerted, even on the first

round.

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Trouble at the table

J

anet Foot asked, 'Could you please tell me

whether Gerber has to be alerted? Some

players alert it and others do not. My

understanding is that it should be alerted on the

1st round.'

M

ichael Hatton writes, 'If the bidding

goes:

West North East South

2´ (weak) Dble Pass 2NT

then the 2NT bid (Lebensohl - less than 8 points

or game values with no stop in spades) would be

alerted.

'If the bidding goes:

West North East South

2´ (weak) Dble Pass 3®

where 3® shows 8+ points and 4+ clubs then

should the 3® bid be alerted? At the table I didn't

alert and raised 3® to 6® which made. Afterwards

the opposition told me that I should have alerted.

'A further query is how much detail/alerting must

be given if Stayman and Transfers after an

opening 2NT are treated a little differently to

what might be more normal?'

P

hil Rattenbury asked, 'I am constantly

coming across instances where players are

opening three of a suit and their partner

either alerts, says, 'weak', or does both.

'To me, an opening bid of three of a suit which

shows that suit and that suit only, is neither

alertable nor announceable. However, some

players think that, because it is a weak bid, it may

have a potentially unexpected meaning (making it

alertable).

'There is no specific guidance in the Blue Book

about these openers. It tries the patience of other,

perhaps more experienced, players at the table.

And when they try to point out that the bid

neither requires alerting nor announcing, some

players feel that they have done nothing wrong:

acrimony has been known to flare up, causing the

director more problems.'

West North East South

2´ (weak) Dble Pass 2NTA

Alert: 2NT Lebensohl is artificial.

West North East South

2´ (weak) Dble Pass 3®A

Alert: the fact that it shows values is unexpected; a

minimum response to a takeout double might be

expected to be weak.

West North East South

2NT Pass 3®

Announce Stayman if the 3™/3´ responses show 4card

suits.

As a player you can point out that an

alert/announcement is wrong - but the opponents

will not always react well! You can also tell the

Tournament Director and see what they say.

Three bids which are natural and weak is the

expected meaning and should not be alerted, nor

announced - there is no announcing of 3-level bids.

There is a case for alerting 3-bids which show 10+

or which could be on 5-card suits - these are the

sort of things that are unexpected.

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