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Overcalling when the opposition open


East opens the bidding 1 heart and you as South overcalls 1 spade. West (=East's partner) raises his partner to 2 hearts and your partner North bids 2 spades - East bids to 4 hearts and your partner North then raises your overcall to 4 spades. The opposition are sure you cannot make it so they make a penalty double "X."

Acol Bidding

Your Plan

With a bid of 4S you need to win 10 of the 13 tricks to make your contract. The penalty double gives the opposition more points if you go light but nearly doubles your points if you make it. :) To play well you need to start playing bridge by always counting the outstanding trump cards in the opposition hands. There are 13 cards in each suit so always compare your holding against the missing trump cards. In this case 1 round of trumps extracts all outstanding trumps leaving you lots of trumps to cross ruff your other suits. If you miscount and play a second round of trumps you can only make 10 tricks instead of the 11 you can make. A points difference when doubled of 200 points.

The Play

Dummy, your partner's hand, goes down on the table for all to see after the opposition have made the opening lead in this case the 3H. You must choose which card to play from Dummy (the name for your partner's hand displayed on the table) and your own hand. Choose by using your cursor to click on the card - you must follow suit if you can.


*A link to our Declarer Play lessons
* The auction is completed after 3 passes.
* Review the bidding at any time by clicking on the blue menu item along the top titled 'Auction.'
*The first player to bid the suit of the final contract becomes the Declarer and their partner is now called Dummy.
*Dummys cards are always placed face up on the table after the opening lead has been made by the opposition.
*You can check which hand you need to play from because there is a small golden halo around the hand that is due to be played next.

NOTE: The above commentary is intended as a guideline only. As with any Bridge hand there are many ways to bid and play any hand. Beginners should also make extensive use of the 'Hint' button. The hints are computer generated and quite conservative, but are often useful if you are looking for a good suggestion.

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