Board 1: East open 1♥; you hold ♠AQJ4 ♥AK3 ♦KT93 ♣85. Your overcall is __________?
Board 2: East opens 1♣; you hold ♠KJT4 ♥AQ3 ♦KT62 ♣75. Your overcall is _________?
Board 3: East opens 1♣; you hold ♠KJ85 ♥72 ♦AQ3 ♣KJ42. Your overcall is _________?
Board 4: East opens 1♣; you hold ♠KQJT4 ♥AQ3 ♦75 ♣862. Your overcall is _________?
Board 5: East opens 1♥; you hold ♠72 ♥2 ♦KQT75 ♣AKJ93. Your overcall is _________?
Board 6: East opens 1♦; you hold ♠AQT862 ♥4 ♦652 ♣943. Your overcall is _________?
Board 7: East opens 1♠; you hold ♠A ♥AKQ98 ♦2 ♣KQJT87. Your overcall is _________?
ANSWERS TO “PRACTISING OVERCALLS”
Board 1: 1NT; here is a balanced hand with between 16 – 18HCP and two stoppers in the opponents
heart suit. Suppose you were opener rather than overcaller. Would you open this hand with
1NT in spite of the poor Club doubleton? If yes, then overcall.
Board 2: Double; 12HCP, shortness in opponent’s club suit, and tolerance in the three unbid suits.
This is a perfect take-out double hand.
Board 3: Pass; the hand has 14HCP but no bid. There is no five-card suit; values are missing to
overcall 1NT and no shortness in clubs with tolerance in the three unbid suits for a TO DBL.
Board 4: 1♠; a picture-perfect hand for an overcall at the one-level—a five-card suit and between
7 – 17HCP.
Board 5: 2NT; “Unusual 2NT”, an artificial, conventional overcall that is NOT alerted, but is forcing for
one round UNLESS opponent interferes. After opponent’s call of 1♥, a jump overcall
of 2NT shows and hand with 5 X 5 in the two lowest-ranking unbid suits: ♦ and ♣.
An unusual 2NT overcall “usually” points to the minor suits.
Board 6: 2♠; this weak hand with only 6HCP does have a nice six-card spade suit. Here is a perfect
opportunity to obstruct your opponents, who just may be on their way to game, by
making a jump overcall.
Board 7: 2♠; “Michaels Cue-bid”, another artificial, conventional overcall that is NOT alerted, but is
forcing for one round UNLESS opponent interferes. When opponent opens in a major
suit, cue-bidding that suit as an overcall—a “Michaels”—shows a hand with
five cards in the OTHER major and five cards in one of the minors—called an
“unspecified” minor. At this point in the auction, the advancer doesn’t know which minor.
This is a slight weakness in the Michaels. Here, the 2♠ overcall tells advancer that
Partner holds five ♥ and either five ♦ OR five ♣.