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Overcalling -when the opposition have opened the bidding

Practice overcalling

Bidding

The opposition bid 1H - With a 5 card suit in spades and 11 points you overcall 1S - partner supports you and from their bid you know that they have minimum points 6--9 because they only single raised your bid and that they have 3+ spade cards. All Pass

Acol Bidding

The opposition bid 1H - With a 5 card suit in spades and 11 points you overcall 1S - partner supports you and from their bid you know that they have minimum points 6--9 because they only single raised your bid and that they have 3+ spade cards. All Pass

Your Plan

Count your losing tricks 1 in spades, 2 in hearts, 1 in clubs and 2 in diamonds.... So 6 losers in total but you can only have 5 losers if you are to make your contract. The most obvious way is to finesse the KS hoping east has it.

The Play

Win the heart lead use AD to enter dummy to finesse the KS, when that succeeds abandon the plan to avoid playing clubs and use AC to re-enter dummy and make a second spade finesse. Play your last club in hand and put up the JC, lose the next two heart tricks and the next 2 diamond tricks

Comment

Your side gets 110 points from overcalling and making this contract. Its important to know when to stop bidding and you find this out by understanding the meaning of your partner's bid. If you bid to 3S partner with 9 points (upper limit of their bid) will bid 4S and then you are in trouble. If you leave the opponents in 1H they will get 110 points and you get minus -110 points. Not a good outcome.

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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