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I think we should only alert weird doubles; unexpected penalty doubles at low levels or ones that show something specific but not obvious (such as 1H-1NT-X promising diamonds).
14 hours ago
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I know the feeling :-)
Sept. 18
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Jurisdiction probably matters too.
Sept. 18
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Partner always makes the cheapest bid; so likely auction after 2NT is 3C-3H-3NT-4S if partner has 4 hearts and 3 spades (which is what I alluded to in my first post on this thread (which is further down).
Sept. 18
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We don't have pre-alerts; but I do always have a copy of my CC. Doesn't make any difference.
Sept. 18
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Highly unlikely that they don't have an entry; they must have points somewhere as they are not in spades.
Sept. 18
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The problem is that some of my alerts get ignored because some people wrongly assume they are something else.
Sept. 18
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They will; its the norm on this side of the pond.
Sept. 18
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I alert our pre-emptive 1M-3M raise whether there is interference or not. The raiser will have 4 card support and exactly 9 losers.
Sept. 18
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At my local club this is pretty much true as well, except that a raise to 2M is always a weak raise.
Sept. 18
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A failure to alert can be rectified by the TD, so it's less of an issue.
Sept. 18
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Good hand for checkback. After 1D-1S-2NT-3C-3S-3NT both partners know of the 5-3 spade fit (and that their partner knows too) and so 3NT is suggesting an alternative place to play. Opener should only convert with a definite weakness somewhere (e.g. a small doubleton).

(Obviously this method would fail if opener has 4 hearts and 3 spades).

This also means that a 3S rebid by responder promises 6 spades.
Sept. 17
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The equivalent EBU announcement is “can be as few as N”, which is somewhat better. Forcing bids are alerted instead.
Sept. 17
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You're ok John, \the game has only moved on in the rest of the world.
Sept. 17
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The more I read on this site the more I realise that we are playing a different game on each side of the pond.
Sept. 17
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In the UK it is quite common to play 1M-2M as a shut up bid; partner is expected to pass unless they hold a very good hand. The double doesn't change that. I've never come across anyone playing a conventional ‘sound raise’ (whatever that may be) to 2M; and I can't imagine why they would.
I'm guessing we play more matchpoints over here where aggresively competing for the part-score is de riguer.
Sept. 17
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They must be absolutely shocked to hear that 1M-X-2M is your weakest raise..(well at least shocked that you alerted it).
Sept. 17
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If that's ACBL standard then you will be in for a bit of a shock if you cross the pond to play.
Sept. 17
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My partner is only expecting 2 things from me; one that I have 3 card support and second that I am still awake.
Sept. 17
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Rating systems only work when players from different clubs interact, if you get an isolated club then their ratings are meaningless outside of that club.

There is also a problem with new players, what rating do you assign them? The EBU NAtional Grading System assigns newbies a grade of 42%, I'm expecting my rating to plummet when I start introducing my beginners to the club duplicate.
Sept. 17
Ian Grant edited this comment Sept. 17
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