Alerting on BBO

Having played a few sessions on BBO I’m slowly getting the hang of it. However, I would appreciate clarification on the correct procedures for alerting. I have found that more experienced players tend to Alert their own bids with an explanation e.g. a 2H transfer to spades would be accompanied by “Spades”. Is this accepted as best practice?
When a player clicks on a bid to request an explanation, is it given by the bidder or his partner? At the end of the auction there is no equivalent of leading a card face down. After the lead explanations are usually requested by Chat. If so, who should supply the explanation?
I can’t be alone in finding this confusing, so if anyone can clarify the situation I’m sure many of us would benefit.

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Iain Sime
Iain Sime
7 months ago

On BBO (BCL Is different), yes, you alert your own conventional bids. Your partner cannot see that you have alerted or your explanation. Perhaps this is best illustrated by some examples: 1. Your partner opens 1NT and you want to bid Stayman. Before pressing 2C, you enter Stayman in the box provided. This will alert the oppo, but not your partner. 2. Bids above 3NT should also be alerted. Late in the auction your partner bids 4NT asking for Aces. You will not see his alert, so will not know from the lack of alert if 4NT was perhaps natural.… Read more »

Ishbel Clark
7 months ago

Thank you to David for asking the question and to Iain for his lucid reply. Is it the opposition who have to remove the ‘Alert’ and ‘Explanation’ boxes? I had trouble as I could not remove them from my screen, which meant that I could not see the whole Dummy hand – but I had alerted my partner’s bid, which I now realise was incorrect.

Alan Goodman
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6 months ago
Reply to  Ishbel Clark

Ishbel all you need to do is to click on the alert or explanation box and it magically disappears.
If you want to re-read the meaning of any bids just click on the bid itself and the explanation appears.

Ishbel Clark
6 months ago
Reply to  Alan Goodman

Alan, thanks, but is it an opponent of the player who has to do this? I could not remove my own alert.

Ishbel Clark
6 months ago
Reply to  Ishbel Clark

Sorry, I meant an opponent of the player who has alerted

Rose Simpson
6 months ago

The question and the responses are really useful. I played on BBO for the first time this week and I didn’t know anything about the alerting process. I opened 1NT (strong) and LHO overcalled 2D – i waited for an alert – but I didn’t see one – therefore, took this overcall to be natural – so when hearts were bid and raised on the next round I thought this was a 2nd suit – doubled 3 hearts (my partner must have them. It worked out ok in the end as it saved me from being in 3NT going off.… Read more »

Rose Simpson
6 months ago
Reply to  Rose Simpson

More confused than I thought. My partner X 3H and I left the X – 1 off.

Pat Walkingshaw
6 months ago

Hi Ian,
Thanks for your informative response to David’s question. I have not played much on BBO but will have my 1st real game on Tuesday so this will be very useful.