In Bridge, on the off chance that you make an offer at a level higher than should be expected in that group, you should move before your offer by saying “stop” (or showing your “stop” card in the event that you are utilising offering boxes). The following player should then stop for a minute before offering or passing. The purpose for this is that after a hop offer, the following player may have a motivation to falter, as your out of the blue high offer may have disturbed the game-plan which that player was going for. The player is constrained by the “stop to govern” to waver at any rate, hence abstaining from giving unapproved data. Case:
- “one spade” North Bids
- “stop; three hearts” East bids
- afterward passes and South pause
On the off chance that South had been wanting to offer two spades, say, at that point, he may require time after East’s surprising bounce to choose whether a three spade offer would now be proper. As South is compelled to stop, North gets no intimation in the matter of whether the bounce gave South an issue. So, if South rather offers three spades after the compulsory interruption, he provides North no insight with reference to whether he was thinking about a go.
I am informed that in North America, the right utilisation of “stop” cards is inadequately comprehended by players and thus from the beginning of 2018, “stop” cards will never again be utilised as a part of the competition, and will most likely be surrendered by connecting clubs. In different parts of the world, for instance in Britain, “stop” cards are still being utilised.
Alerts is to caution the adversaries of an offer (or twofold or pass) which has an unforeseen concurred meaning. It’s dependably the obligation of the accomplice of the bidder to alarm the offer when required. In the case of utilising offering boxes, this is finished by showing the “ready” card. Generally, the alarm is sounded by saying “caution” or (in Britain yet not in North America) by thumping the table.