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Rev. 9/14/13

Simple, Weak, Invitational and Constructive Major Suit Raises

Directors are frequently asked about which types of raises are alertable and which are not. The following are common examples:

 

1 – P – 2   (6-9 HCP, 3 or 4 card support)                               No alert

 

1 – P – 2   (8-10 HCP, 3 card support, “constructive”)          No alert

 

1 – P – 3♥   (0-6 points, various ♥ support, “weak”)                  Alert

 

1 – X – 3♥   (weak or intermediate)                                               No Alert

 

1 – 2♣ – 3 (weak or intermediate)                                               No Alert

 

1 – P – 3 (10 – 12 points, 3 or 4 card support, “limit”)            No Alert

 

1 – P – 4 (0- 13+ HCP, various support)                                 No Alert*

*When asked, players should explain style based on experience with this partner.

 

1 – P – 1NT (forcing) – P

2♣ – P – 2 (could be 3 card support with less than 8 HCP)         No Alert

 

1 – 1♠– 2♠ (10+ in support of hearts)                                                No Alert

Conventional raises such as Bergen or Jacoby 2NT require alerts.

Online Resources

Laws of Duplicate Bridge 

Duplicate Decisions 

General, Mid-Chart, and Super Chart Conventions 

Alert Chart 

Alert Procedures