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Overcalling, invitational rebids and bidding to game



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Bidding

Partner opens 1C, you bid 1S, partner rebids 2C suit and you with no clubs rebid 3D. (forcing and showing a stronger hand that for a simple overcall )Partner bids game in No Trumps, you must decide should you leave the contract there or bid 4S. Partner cannot bid No Trumps without at least 2 cards in each suit so with your 6 card spade suit you will be safer with the club void

Acol Bidding

Partner opens 1C, you bid 1S, partner rebids 2C suit and you with no clubs rebid 3D. (forcing and showing a stronger hand that for a simple overcall )Partner bids game in No Trumps, you must decide should you leave the contract there or bid 4S. Partner cannot bid No Trumps without at least 2 cards in each suit so with your 6 card spade suit you will be safer with the club void.

Plan Before You Play

Count your winners in a No trump contract. 1 in spades, 1 heart 3 diamonds and 0 in clubs. You need to create at least 4 more tricks in order to make your contract. Looking at your longest suits first Spades as the longests finessing East twice for the KS will give at least 1 if not 2 or 3 extra tricks. Diamonds if you have 7 diamonds then the opposition has 6 in total, hopefully they are divided evenly between East and West in a 3-3 split however the odds are that they will divide 3-3 are 35%, or 4-2 are 49% so its much more likely that 4 rounds of diamonds will be necessary to promote the 2D into a winning card UNLESS ONE OF THE opposition discard a diamond.

The Play

Play low in hand on the heart lead hoping to establish the QH and 10H. Win the heart on the second round - now you have 2 more heart winners with the KH out. Play the AD KD then play the QH and 10H discarding spades make sure you watch to see if the opposition discards a diamond card. Now take the Spade finesse twice (finessing East for the KS ) overtaking with the QS to enter your hand. Lead out the QD then play the AS west discards their JD so your 9D and 6D are now high cards.

Comment

If you rebid 2D instead of 3D at your second bid you end up in 4S. Making 12 tricks if no one leads out clubs. For an experiment try this hand in 3NT and then in 4S - which contract is better in your estimation.This hand can make 5 Spades or 4 Diamonds. In a No Trump contract If the opposition lead club suit whenever possible, things become more difficult for declarer. Count the opposition discards to make overtricks

The above commentary is intended as a guideline only. As with any Bridge hand there are many ways to bid and play any hand.

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