LESSON 17.3: RESPONSES TO AN OVERCALL AT THE ONE LEVEL

a)

Dealer: West

North

9 7 2
J 9 7
A 5
K 10 4 3 2

South

West

North

East

 
?

1
 

1
 

Pass
 

2 (7-10 TP   3+ ) closing

Use the total point-count of your hand when responding to partner's overcall

b)

Dealer: West

South

9 7
Q J 7
A 5 4
K 10 4 3 2

South

West

North

East

 
?

1
 

1
 

2
 

3 (11-14 TP   3= ) inviting

Jump raise partner's suit with a three-card support and 11-14 TP

c)

Dealer: West

South

9
Q J 7 4
A J 3
K Q 4 3 2

South

West

North

East

 
?

1
 

1
 

2
 

4 (15+ TP   3= ) closing

Jump to game with 15+ TP, three-card trump support and a void or a singleton

d)

Dealer: West

South

9 7 2
J
A 5 3
K Q 10 4 3 2

South

West

North

East

 
?

1
 

1
 

Pass
 

2 (8-12 HCP   6+ ) limiting

Responding in a new suit tends to deny any support for partner's suit

e)

Dealer: West

South

A 7 2
A
J 5 3
K Q 10 4 3 2

South

West

North

East

 
?

1
 

1
 

Pass
 

3 (13-15 HCP   6+ ) 1 round

Responding in a new suit tends to deny any support for partner's suit

f)

Dealer: West

South

A 9 7 2
J 10 6 3
3
K Q 10 4

South

West

North

East

 
?

1
 

1
 

Pass
 

2 (10+ TP   4+ ) 1 round

The cuebid in an opponent's suit shows a good hand and a four-card or more trump support

g)

Dealer: West

South

A Q 7 2
A 10 6 3
3
K Q 10 4

South

West

North

East

 
?

1
 

1
 

Pass
 

2 (10+ TP   4+ ) limiting

With good trump support and 16-18 TP, make a forcing bid and then jump raise partner's suit at your next turn

h)

Dealer: West

South

Q 9 7 2
J 10
A J 3
Q J 10 4

South

West

North

East

 
?

1
 

1
 

Pass
 

1NT (10-12 HCP   stopper in ) limiting

A 1NT response to partner's overcall requires at least a two-card support for partner's suit and a stopper or more in the opponents' suit

i)

Dealer: West

South

A 9 7 2
J 10
A J 3
K J 10 4

South

West

North

East

 
?

1
 

1
 

Pass
 

jump to 2NT (13-15 HCP   stoppers in ) limiting

A 2NT jump response to partner's overcall requires at least a two-card support for partner's suit and 1 stoppers or more in the opponents' suit

j)

Dealer: West

South

A 9 7 2
K 10
A Q 3
K J 10 4

South

West

North

East

 
?

1
 

1
 

Pass
 

double jump to 3NT (16-18 HCP   stoppers in ) limiting

A 3NT jump response to partner's overcall requires at least a two-card support for partner's suit and two stoppers or more in the opponents' suit

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