Alerting versus Announcing
At a session last Friday, I was called over for what I thought was quite a trivial matter but it escalated into UI. Comments are most welcome please.
Player X plays 5 card majors and her system card shows she will open 1D when
-No 5 card major
It's a bit like an Acol weak 12-14 1NT.... Player X will open 1NT with 15-17 points.
Her partner Announced the 1D as Balanced, Denies 5 card major...
Opponent called me over to say that this bid should have been Alerted and that by Announcing it, she was passing UI to her partner.
I come across a lot of players who use 1C as an unnatural bid, and the EBU rules on Alerting and Announcing seem quite clear here. If it's an unnatural bid, 1C is Announced as 'Maybe X where X is 0, 1 or 2.
But what about this 1D. Should it be Alerted or Announced? And what would the correct Announcement be?