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Has anyone ever said ‘I did not see the Alert’ at your table?

Did you think he might be trying to excuse a bad bid or play?

Make a decision today that this will never happen again: vow to alert in such a way that your Alert Card cannot be missed!

♥       Do not be afraid of looking flashy.

♥       Do not flick at the card, leaving it in the box

♥       Do not lift it up a couple of inches then drop it

♥       Do not wave your hand about airily


Take the Alert Card out of the box and place it in the middle of the table           

Alerting procedure is covered in the Laws and Ethics article imaginatively entitled:

“SBU Alerting Procedure”

Most of the document is devoted to explaining when to alert and when not to.

Dry reading perhaps, but if you scroll down to the final paragraph you will find this key information:

7             Alerting Procedure

  1. Alerts are compulsory – you may not ask opponents not to alert. The requirement to alert applies even though the convention or other agreement is listed on the convention card.
  2. Alert partner’s calls, not your own (except when screens are in use). Alerts should be made immediately after the alertable call has been completed.
  3. Alerts are made by displaying the Alert card. It is the alerter’s responsibility to ensure that both opponents have seen his alert. If bidding boxes are not in use the alert is made audibly by saying: “Alert”.