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Responding to your partner's overcall - What to Bid when your partner overcalls


Bidding

The opponents are bidding hearts but your partner has overcalled 1S. With 5 spades and 5 points along with "short suit distribution points" 3 for the singleton and 1 for the doubleton you have 9 points and so can raise your partner 1 level in spades showing them you hold a minimum value hand and at least three spade cards. The opposition go to 4H and because you have 2 extra spade suit cards that partner does not know about you bid 4S. The opposition make a penalty double -All Pass

Acol Bidding

The opponents are bidding hearts but your partner has overcalled 1S. With 5 spades and 5 points along with "short suit distribution points" 3 for the singleton and 1 for the doubleton you have 9 points and so can raise your partner 1 level in spades showing them you hold a minimum value hand and at least three spade cards. The opposition go to 4H and because you have 2 extra spade suit cards that partner does not know about you bid 4S. The opposition make a penalty double -All Pass

Your Plan

The computer puts your hand down as you are dummy, but you get to play the hand. East lead a heart and you count your losers. No spades 1 heart one diamond and one club. You should make this contract.

The Play

Lose the first heart and ruff the second heart lead, draw all the outstanding trumps by leading it for 1 round, play the AC and lead out your 10D, ruff the return and start cross-ruffing diamonds and clubs for 11 tricks doubled! hahah 990 points.

Comment

If you leave the opponents in 4H they will make it ... for 420 points for them and -420 points for you

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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