Harald Berre Skjæran harald.skjaran at gmail.com
Fri Nov 1 09:18:56 CET 2013

I disagree with Sven here.

A pass over (1x) X (XX) that is a penalty pass of 1x is unusual in the
extreme. If not alerted, the meaning would be very surprising to the
opponents. I don't think this one is really defined in our alert
regulations. But I, for one, would always alert such a pass (if I ever
played it).

2013/10/31 Sven Pran <svenpran at online.no>

> > ROCAFORT Jean-Pierre
> > > De: "Sven Pran" <svenpran at online.no>
> > > Because I am astonished by a requirement to alert a PASS that means
> > > nothing other than willingness to play in the contract specified by
> > > the last bid (if
> > > any) and reluctance to make any call other than pass. (I believe this
> > > has always been the fundamental definition for "PASS" as a natural
> > > call?)
> >
> > even with such a pass, an alert may be necessary: 1K x xx pass if pass
> is an
> > agreement by this pair to show willingness to play 1D redoubled
> (something like
> > KQ1094), and not a mere neutral call, it needs to be alerted. i am not
> fond of
> > detailed lists of calls to be alerted, there are too many exceptions and
> > unforeseen situations. i prefer a simple: alert every time you think
> opponents
> > should better know an agreement they might otherwise misread.
> > jpr
> [Sven Pran] I fully agree with the principle that an alert shall be a
> signal to opponents: "You might probably want to ask for an explanation!".
> But isn't the meaning "I am prepared for an ALL PASS to end this auction"
> the most natural meaning of PASS that exists?
> I suppose there is a typo in your example and that you meant "willingness
> to play 1K redoubled? If that is exactly what the PASS means then I see no
> reason for alert. If however the partnership agreements is that PASS here
> suggests takeout to 1D then of course the pass must be alerted.
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Kind regards,
Harald Berre Skjæran
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