LESSON 17.2: OVERCALLS IN A SUIT AT THE ONE LEVEL

a)

Dealer: West

North

J 7 6
A Q 10 9 5
J 5
K J 10

South

West

North

East

 

1

?

 

1 (8-15 HCP   4/5+ ) inviting

An overcall at the one level shows 8-15 HCP and usually a five-card suit

b)

Dealer: West

North

J 7
A Q J 9
J 8 5
K J 10 4

South

West

North

East

 

1

?

 

1 (8-15 HCP   4/5+ ) inviting

Overcalling in a four-card suit requires holding three of the four top honors; otherwise, it is preferable to make a takeout double or a notrump overcall

c)

Dealer: West

North

J 7
J 9 7 4 2
5
A K J 10 4

South

West

North

East

 

1

?

 

1 (8-15 HCP   4/5+ ) inviting

With a two-suiter hand, it is preferable to declare the higher-ranking suit first

d)

Dealer: West

North

J
J 9 7 4 2
A K
J 10 9 7 4

South

West

North

East

 

1

?

 

Pass

With a two-suiter hand, it is preferable to pass when your suits are weak (points concentrated in the opponents' suits)

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