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Gratuitous alerts

One of the things that I find a bit troubling is when players go out of their way to draw the defenders' attention to hands they do not hold. They do this under the protection of the laws which state that you must alert where appropriate and, if an alert has been missed (and you are the declaring side) then you must post-alert. In the world of face-to-face bridge, this bit of colloquial gymnastics is usually performed by declarer after his partner failed to alert a bid. Turns out that declarer had forgotten the convention too. But now, declarer can create a bit of misdirection but telling the defense exactly what the auction actually meant -- even though it describes a hand which declarer doesn't hold! Of course, such situations don't happen very much in practice.

In the world of online bridge (or screens, presumably) this feat can be performed on any board because players are required to self-alert. I wanted to poll the BW community on a hand which occurred in an ACBL matchpoint Speedball. South opened 1NT (15-17) and after my pass North bid 2, self-alerted. When asked for the explanation, North said: "either Stayman or Limit Raise". After South's 2 rebid, North then bid 3NT. North's hand was:

North
874
3
KQJ75
J964
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
3NT
P
P
P

South has a max and 10 tricks are always there on any lead and we were destined for a very bad board regardless. However, the obvious inference that dummy would be coming down with a four-card major caused my lead to be less than optimal and they made five (for about 2% less).

So, my question relates to North's gratuitous alert and explanation. Should that be condoned as just a psych -- all part of the game? Or should it be considered an infraction, even if the consequences of the infraction are minor to non-existent?

It was not in the spirit of the game
It was all perfectly fine -- get over it

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