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Overcalls and Doubles

When an opponent opens with one of a suit



  Direct Overcalls and Doubles  
 
Opp
1 D
You
?

With a 5+ card unbid suit

10-12 pointsbid at 1 level onlyN
13-18 pointsbid cheapest level 1N
19+ pointsdouble (then bid suit)

With a balanced hand and a stopper

16-18 HCPbid 1 NTN
19+ HCPdouble (then bid NT)

With 3+ cards in each unbid suit

13-15 pointsdouble (then pass)
16-18 pointsdouble (then raise)
19+ pointsdouble (then jump raise)

1 Avoid a 2 level overcall in a poor suit, especially when vulnerable. You may be doubled for penalty.



  Responses to a One-Level Suit Overcall  
 
Opp
1 H
Partner
1 S
Opp
Pass
You
?

With a 5+ card unbid suit (no major fit)

8-11 pointsbid cheapest levelN
12-14 pointsjump in suit 2I
15-18 pointsbid game in suit 2 3N

With 3+ card trump support

8-11 pointsraise to 2N
12-14 pointsraise to 3I
15-18 pointsraise to game 3N

With a stopper in enemy suit

8-11 HCPbid 1 NTN
12-14 HCPbid 2 NTI
15-18 HCPbid 3 NT 3N

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  Responses to a Two-Level Suit Overcall  
 
Opp
1 S
Partner
2 C
Opp
Pass
You
?

With a 5+ card unbid suit (no major fit)

8-11 pointsbid cheapest levelN
12+ pointsjump in suit 2 3F

With 3+ card trump support

8-11 pointsraise to 3N
12-13 pointsraise to 4 3I 4
14-16 pointsraise to game 3N

With a stopper in enemy suit

8-11 HCPbid 2 NTN
12-16 HCPbid 3 NT 3N

2 Suit must be 6+ cards if jump is at the 3 level, or 7+ cards (or a strong 6) at the 4 level or higher.

3 If unsure of the best contract you should cue-bid the enemy suit (forcing) to allow room to explore.

4 In the case of hearts this is game (nonforcing).



  Responses to a One-Notrump Overcall  
 
Opp
1 D
Partner
1 NT
Opp
Pass
You
?

An easy one!

Ignore the enemy bid and respond exactly as you would to a 1 NT opening bid.



  Responses to a Takeout Double  
 
Opp
1 H
Partner
Dbl
Opp
Pass
You
?

With a 4+ card unbid suit

0-9 points 5bid cheapest levelN
10-12 pointsjump in suitI
13-16 pointsbid game in suit 3N

With a stopper in enemy suit

6-9 HCPbid 1 NTN
10-12 HCPbid 2 NTI
13-16 HCPbid 3 NT 3N

5 Rarely you may bid a 3 card suit. Do not pass the double except with 5+ strong cards in enemy suit.

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