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Should you respond to partner's overcall and how high can he go?



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Bidding

West opens the bidding your partner overcalls spades east doubles ( a support double showing values and at least 3 card support but keeping bidding low). you respond 1NT showing points and cover in clubs but you have no fit. West rebids clubs and partner rebids spades showing a six card suit and extra values east raises their partners club and you invite partner to game as you now have found a spade fit. Bid 3S

Acol Bidding

West opens the bidding your partner overcalls spades

Plan Before You Play

Dummy goes down - count your losers none in spades - 2 in hearts 1 in diamonds and 1 in clubs.

The Play

Win the lead as soon as you can. Two rounds of trumps and lead a low diamond from your dummy hand toward the QD.Draw the last trump card out. Then lead a low diamond from declarer's hand planning to finesse against the JD being in West's hand, cover whatever west plays, east wins with the AD. Cover the diamond return with 10D - play KC and QC discarding hearts - lead a low heart to KH losing to the AH - the rest of the tricks are yours.

Comment

Finding your optimum contract can be more difficult when both parties are bidding

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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