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Standard American Lesson 9

Responding to Partners Overcall

Responding To Overcalls

It is important to bid if you possibly can so as to make life difficult for your opponents.
The principle is the same for the overcaller’s partner as it is for the overcaller.
It is the trump suit that matters.
A big difference is that your partner has shown a 5-card suit so you need only 3 trumps as support.

Partner overcalls 1 after 1 . Your bid?

Hand 1.
Your Hand
9 7
9 6 2
A Q J 5 3
K 3 2
Your Bid
Pass. Your partner is promising a good spade suit, so there is no need to do anything. You don’t have a fit.

Hand 2.
Your Hand
9 7 3
9 6 2
Q J 5 3
K 3 2
Your Bid
Bid 2. You have a fit. Push the bidding up a level. Your opponents have to bid at the 3-level now!

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Rounded Rectangle: Simple overcall = Good 5-card suit

Rounded Rectangle: A  Good Suit  has at least  2 of the top 4 honors

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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