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Does this double require an alert

Playing today in a local game with a friend this situation developed.  Our side got a good result but I was surprised there was no alert and nothing was said before a lead was made.

 

North open 1 I bid 1 and south doubled with this hand

 

K 4 Q 5 A K J 10 7 5 4 3

 

eight clubs

 

South explained that he had to double because they were playing negative free bids and two clubs would be non forcing.

 

It seems like an alert or pre-alert should be required because of no requirement to have spades.

 

A director with knowledge said that most of the explanations on when a double was alertable came down to opinions on what is highly unusual/

An alert should be required.
no alert
pre-alert
explanation before a lead is made

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