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Reforming our Alert Procedures

Given:  bridge is a complex game. Due to this complexity, rules governing the game cannot be simplistic.

Nevertheless, I propose that our current system of alert procedures is byzantine, unclear and, perhaps worst of all, frequently not handled even handedly throughout the bridge world when issues arise. I imagine that many of us can share stories - as I can - of suffering penalties for situations that seemed  almost identical to ones where very different rulings were levied.

Thus, I propose that our alert system be overhauled. Whatever rules we have, when to alert - and not - should be far more clear than they currently are. When these more clear cut rules are in place, then we should rarely - if ever - see similar situations being dealt with in significantly distinct manners.

Not a cure all, to be sure. Yet, I propose it would be an improvement to what we have today. 

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