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New ACBL Convention Charts But Old Alert Chart

ACBL as of Nov 22, 2018 now uses four new convention charts having replaced the old GCC, Mid Chart and Super Chart.

For the most part IMO the new Convention Charts are a good improvement from the old charts. I applaud the clearly defined boundaries on judgement for opening bids when faced with distributional hands having good playing potential but light on hcp. The new definitions for hand strength (Weak, Near Average Strength, Average Strength, Strong and Very Strong) quantify those boundaries.

The ACBL website shows its Alert Chart is the one that took effect on January 1, 2012. Much to my surprise, the Alert Chart has not been updated to better align with the new Convention Charts (i.e. rewrite relating to new definitions). At the present time some potential issues may occur (one specific example is given below, there could be others).

I don’t understand why the Alert Chart was not updated prior to invoking the new Convention Charts. The subject matter in the new Convention Charts was essentially the same thing as documented on 20 March 2018. Having at least 8 months time to rework the Alert Chart, this simply should not have happened.

The Alert Chart for “Opening Suit Bids at the One-Level" states “Very light openings (fewer than 10 HCP by agreement) *pre-alert required*”I presently do not use this partnership agreement simply because I don’t want the hassle of pre-alerting 9 hcp hands every time I arrive at a new table.

I often open 10 hcp hands 1, 1 or 1 with 5332 shape. This is “Average Strength” and no Alert required.Consider a partnership agreement that opens 9 hcp hands 1, 1 or 1 with 55xy or 64xy shapes. These are also defined as “Average Strength” but must be pre-alerted. I would prefer holding either hand verses the 10 hcp 5332 shape.Comparing the above 10 hcp and 9 hcp hands reveals all are “Average Strength” but are treated different with respect to Alert requirements. Just seems inconsistent.

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