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Overcall Answers

Overcall Quiz - Answers

Hand

Spades

Hearts

Diamonds

Clubs

a

K, Q, 7, 6. 2

J, 2

A, 4, 3

Q, 5, 3

b

K, Q, 7

K, Q, 10

A, 4, 3

Q, 5, 3, 2

c

K, J, 8, 7 ,6,5

9, 7,6

A, J, 3,

5

d

K, Q, 7, 6, 2

K, Q, 10

A, K, J

Q, 3

e

K, Q, 7

K, 7, 6

A, 4, 3

Q, 5, 3, 2

f

K, Q, 10, 7

10

A, 4, 3, 2

A, Q, 7, 3

Question 1 – Assume you are East and North has made the following bids what would you do on the above hands and why? Add in the point range for each bid you make.

North bids 1 Heart

a) 1 spade – you have 12 HCP, 2 spade honors and a 5 card suit so make a simple overcall. Point range for simple overcall at 1 level 8 - 16

b) 1 NT – you have a balanced hand with 16 HCP and 2 stops in hearts. Point range for 1NT overcall 15 – 17

c) 2 spades – you have a 6 card suit headed by 1 honor and 9 HCP. Point range for a jump overcall 6-11.

d) Double you are too strong to overcall so double then rebid 2NT unless the opposition bid 4H in which case you would double for penalties. Point range for a strong double 17+

e) Frustrating as it may seem you would pass. You are balanced but with only 14 HCP so cannot bid 1 NT, you cannot double as it would say you were short in hearts and you cannot overcall as you do not have a 5 card suit. So simply pass and see how the auction progresses.

f) Double. You have 15 HCP and have a shortage in hearts so are happy to play in any of the other 3 suits. Point range opening hands.

North bids 1 Spade

a) Pass for now and hope they stay in spades. If partner doubles you can show your spade cover by bidding 2 NT.

b) 1 NT – you have a balanced hand with 16 HCP and 2 stops in spades. Point range of 1 NT bid is 15-17 but you must have stops in the bid suit.

c) Pass for now hoping they stay in spades. If partner bids clubs you could bid NT at the lowest level. If partner doubles life is more difficult but again NT without a jump is probably the best bid.

d) Double you are too strong to overcall so double then rebid 2NT unless the opposition bid 4S in which case you would double for penalties. Point range for the double is opening hand and can be much stronger

e) Frustrating as it may seem you would pass. You are balanced but with only 14 HCP so cannot bid 1 NT, you cannot double as it would say you were short in spades and you cannot overcall as you do not have a 5 card suit. So simply pass and see how the auction progresses.

f) Pass. Again and perhaps even more frustrating you have no bid you can make that would not be a large lie to partner. You may well get the chance to bid later or if the opposition win the contract you have good cards in the outside suits if you are defending.

North bids 1 NT and it is announced as 12-14

  1. Bid 2S. You have the parameters for a simple overcall at the 2 level with 13HCP

  1. Double. The double is for penalties. Point range 1 point above their NT point range

  1. You could pass but I would bid 2S. With North having bid 1NT a jump to 3S with 9 HCP would be too high so make a small lie and tell partner you are making a simple overcall. The singleton club makes up for the fact partner will expect at least 10 HCP. Point range for overcall 10-16

  1. Bid 3S – your jumps over a NT bid will show you are strong. This is not a bid we have taught you but it is one of the two options available. A jump bid over a 1NT opening is not a weak jump overcall. The alternative of 2 NT is not good as you have no stops in clubs. You could double and hope that partner passes but the odds are they will bid a weak take out if they have a 5 card suit and based on the bidding they would most probably bid 2C which you cannot support.

  1. Pass and defend. You are not strong enough to double and do not have a long suit to offer.

  1. Pass and defend. You have 15 HCP but do not double as it would be for penalties and show a balanced hand which you do not have with only 1 heart. If you double odds are your partner will make a weak take out in hearts.