Re: Alerting/non Alerting rules wrt to low level doubles ( 11:48:22 WedJun 11 2003 ) |
Bob,[2 edits; Last edit by RMB at 11:49:38 Wed Jun 11 2003]
The main requirement is to alert doubles if they are not natural.
The EBU defines a natural doubles as (Orange Book 5.3.1(d)):
" (i) a take out double of a suit bid naturally at the one, two or three
level when your partner has not had a chance to call or has passed
without indicating values.
(ii) a penalty double otherwise; " [snipped]
So certainly any double that isn't takeout or penalty is alertable. Since
your double was values it is alertable; and it would have been alertable
if it was penalties.
That you do not alert a takeout double made by a player who has bid,
but whose parter has not, is not well understood - especially at club
level. IMHO, if you alert all doubles that are not strictly penalties,
except doubles of an opening suit bid below 3NT,
most opponents will be happy.