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Standard American Bridge Lesson 8


So far we have only learnt how to open the bidding and how to respond to partner’s opening bid. It’s much more fun, though, if everyone is bidding. If you bid after your opponents have opened the bidding, you are an overcaller .

The rules are now different. Instead of trying to get to game, you are attempting to:

  • Steal the contract
  • Obstruct the opponents
  • Suggest a lead to partner


If you have a good 5-card suit you can simply bid that suit even with less than 12 TP. All you promise is a good suit, so partner shouldn’t expect a lot of points. A good rule of thumb for a good suit is that you should have 2 honors.

Your right-hand opponent bids 1 . What is your bid?


Hand 1.
Your Hand
K Q J 10 9
A 6 2
8 7 4
9 3
Your Bid
1. You have a good suit and points aren’t important when you are overcalling.

Hand 2.
Your Hand
9 7 6 3 2
A 6 2
A Q 6
K 3
Your Bid
Pass. You have lots of points, but a bad suit. Don’t overcall 1. That would promise a good suit.

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1. Introduction To Bridge - Hand Evaluation
2. Opening Bids
3. Bidding Game
4. Responder Bidding
5. Opener Rebids
6. Responder Suit Bids
7. Responder No Trump Bids
9. Responding To Overcalls
10. Opening 1NT
11. Responding With Balanced Hands
12. Responding With An Unbalanced Hand
13. NoTrump Rebids
14. Responses To NoTrump Rebids
15. Overcall Or Double
16. Takeout Doubles
17. Responses To Takeout Doubles
18. Opening 2NT
19. Responses To 2NT
20. Opening Strong 2 Clubs
21. Responding to a Strong 2 Club Opening
22. Responding to an Opening Weak 2 Bid

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