Responding to Partners overcall
My partner has overcalled, what can I bid?
Responding to Partners Overcall
It is important to bid if you possibly can so as to make life difficult for your opponents.
The principle is the same for the overcaller’s partner as it is for the overcaller.
It is the trump suit that matters.
A big difference between opening and overcalling is that your partner has shown a 5-card suit, so you need only as few as 3 trumps in support.
- 6-9 TP and a fit raise partner's overcall 1 Level
- 10-12 TP and a fit in partner's suit jump the bidding 2 Levels
The bidding was opened by the opposition 1♦. Your partner overcalls 1♠ and the opener's partner passes, what is your bid?
- ♠ 9 7 3
- ♥ 9 6 4 2
- ♦ Q J 4
- ♣ K 3 2
You have 6 points and 3 card support for your partner's suit, bid 2♠ this bid pushes the bidding up a level and the opposition now have to bid at the 3-level to participate.
If you had 8 or more points and the same distribution you should jump your bid 1 level and bid 3♠