Sven Pran svenpran at online.no
Sun Nov 3 22:36:46 CET 2013

To appreciate this I shall need to know the upper strength (limit) for your
pass to your partner’s opening bid.


In a natural system where opener can have as much as about 19HCP partner’s
pass will show less than 6 HCP while for instance in precision where opener
is limited to 15 HCP partner’s pass can be some 9 HCP. PASS that can be
stronger than according to these limits must of course be alerted also in


An example is pass by opener’s partner in a situation where a negative
double is available. This pass must be alerted because it might show
interest for a penalty double by opener (at opener’s discretion). 



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Richard HILLS
Sendt: 3. november 2013 22:13
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Emne: Re: [BLML] Alerting a BOOT [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]




Sven Pran:


>Norway seems to having selected a (slightly) different approach:

>(My translation): [
] Different environments have different expectations

>to the meaning of calls. Thus basing alerts on “common/unusual” has

>therefore proven unsatisfactory. Regulations are now mainly based on



>The main rule is that all conventional calls shall be alerted



Richard Hills:


If the Ali-Hills partnership visited Norway, we would often gain an un-

fair advantage on this auction:


Hashmat deals and opens with 1H or 1S, Hashmat’s LHO passes, and now

I pass (alertable in Australia, non-alertable in Norway).


Expecting my pass to show very few values Hashmat’s RHO then over-

balances into the auction. -800 when I turn up with 10 hcp and shortage

in Hashmat’s major.


Aussie Regulating Authority:


3.2.2 Two classes of natural calls must be alerted (unless they are

self-alerting), viz.


(b) The call is natural, but its meaning is affected by other

agreements, which ++your opponents are unlikely to expect++.



Richard Hills:


Our unexpected other agreement is 1major opening – 1NT response =

artificial game force relay. So we pass when Standard American or Acol

partnerships would respond with 1NT.


An unintended consequence of the Norwegian alert legislation. For

another unintended consequence of legislation, see:






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