The Complete Book on Overcalls by Mike Lawrence Aut

By Mike Lawrence Aut

The writer has revised his previous variation of this publication take into consideration glossy advancements within the thought and perform of aggressive bidding in bridge.

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With no reason to expect a fit, it is too dangerous to attempt any action. If you must bid something I suppose 1♠ is best, but I don’t care for it. Be sure you understand why this hand is a pass when it is actually better than some of the previous examples. 1♠ is reasonable at matchpoints. Holding four hearts is not as great an inducement for you to bid as holding five hearts would be, but they do suggest a fit is possible. Don’t try this one at IMPs. This is a better double than it is a 1♠ bid. If partner has four spades, he will bid them.

Or your partner may bid something and you can bid hearts then if the auction allows. What you do not want to do is misdescribe the lengths of your two suits. Getting to the right trump suit is important because the wrong choice can make a huge difference in the tricks you take. Note that since you are vulnerable, you need a hand like this one to plan on bidding both of your suits. When I wrote the original text to Overcalls I suggested bidding 2♥ with this hand, intending to follow up with a diamond bid.

A 1NT response to 1♥ or 1♠ has two meanings today. Traditionally, it showed about 6-10 points, no support for the major, and no suit higher ranking than the opener’s. Since 2/1 bidding became popular, a 1NT response to a major is now a forcing bid. Usually responder has the same hand as always but may have an assortment of hands in the 11- or 12-point range. These are few, but you do have to be aware what it shows when it comes up at the table. A raise shows about 6-10 points and a fit. If the opening bid was 1♣ or 1♦, then responder probably won’t have a four-card major.

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