Main   Practice 3G01 by Richard Pavlicek  

Overcalls


West

1 NT
3 NT
North
1 D
Pass
All Pass
East
1 H!
2 NT
South
Pass
Pass
Board 1
None Vul
S A 6 5
H A 9
D K Q 8 4 3
C 6 4 2
Trick
1 N
2 W
3 E
4 N
5 N
Lead
D 4
H 2!
S K!
D K
D 8
2nd
2
9
4
9
H 3
3rd
10
Q
3
5
S 7
4th
J
7
A
6
A
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
2 2
3 2
S Q 10 8 3
H K 2
D A J 7 6
C 8 7 3
TableS K J 2
H Q J 8 4 3
D 9 2
C A K Q
Bidding
 
Play
 
Choose defensive action
Resp to suit overcall
Placing enemy cards
Lead toward honor
S 9 7 4
H 10 7 6 5
D 10 5
C J 10 9 5
3 NT by West4 top tricksCash 6 more winnersmade 3 -400


West

Pass
Pass
North

3 S
East
1 D
Pass
South
1 S
Pass!
Board 2
N-S Vul
S Q 6 4
H A J 9 7 2
D 8 3
C A 4 3
Trick
1 W
2 E
3 E
4 N
5 E
6 S
7 S
8 N
9 S
Lead
D J
C Q!
C 6
D 8
S 9
D Q
C 9
S 6
S J
2nd
3
2
7
A
A
10
K
7
C 5
3rd
K
8
10
5
5
C 4
S Q!
K
H 2
4th
4
3!
A
6
4
2
H 3
10
8
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
1 3
2 3
3 3
4 3
5 3
6 3
S 10 5
H 10 8 4
D J 10 6
C K J 10 8 5
TableS 9 8 7
H K Q 3
D A K 9 7 2
C Q 6
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Resp to suit overcall
Follow up major raise
Holdup play
Avert overruff
Attack dummy’s entry
S A K J 3 2
H 6 5
D Q 5 4
C 9 7 2
3 S by South7 top tricksLose 1 more trickmade 3 +140


West

Pass
2 NT
3 H
North

1 S
Pass
Pass
East

2 H
3 D!
4 H
South
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S K J 10 7 4
H A
D J 10 9 3
C A J 9
Trick
1 S
2 W
3 N
4 E
5 W
6 E
7 E
8 E
9 N
10 E
Lead
S 3
H 3!
S K
H 5
C 4
H K
H J
C 6
D J
H 6!
2nd
A
A
H 4
8
9
9
10
3
K
C 7
3rd
7
2
8
Q
K
S 6
S 9
10
5
C 5
4th
2
7
5
S 4
2
S 10
S J
J
2
W L
1 0
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
6 2
7 2
S A 9 6 5
H Q 3
D Q 6 2
C Q 10 5 4
TableS 2
H K J 6 5 4 2
D A K 7 4
C K 6
Bidding
 
Play
 
Resp to suit overcall
Rebid by overcaller
Lead toward honor
Automatic squeeze
S Q 8 3
H 10 9 8 7
D 8 5
C 8 7 3 2
4 H by East9 top tricksNorth is squeezedmade 5 -650


West
1 H
Pass
All Pass
North
2 D
2 NT!
East
Pass
Pass
South
2 H
3 NT
Board 4
Both Vul
S 9 5
H K 6
D A 10 8 7 3 2
C A J 2
Trick
1 E
2 N
3 S
4 N
5 S
6 N
7 N
8 N
9 W
Lead
H J
C 2
D Q
D 2
C 5
D 10
C A!
H 6!
H A
2nd
2
3
K
4
8
5
9
8
D 3
3rd
5!
K
A
J
J
H 4
7
9
S 2
4th
K
4
6
S 3
6
S 4
Q
10
7
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
7 1
7 2
S K 8 4 3
H A Q 10 5 3
D K
C Q 8 4
TableS J 6 2
H J 8
D 9 6 5 4
C 10 9 6 3
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Resp to suit overcall
Cue-bid general force
Placing enemy cards
Throw-in play
Duck to retain entry
S A Q 10 7
H 9 7 4 2
D Q J
C K 7 5
3 NT by North4 top tricksW endplayed, lose 2made 3 +600


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Practice 3G05 by Richard Pavlicek

Overcalls II


West

2 C!
4 H
North
1 D
Pass
All Pass
East
1 NT
2 H
South
Pass
Pass
Board 1
None Vul
S Q 9 8 4
H 5
D K Q 10 8 5
C A J 10
Trick
1 S
2 E
3 W
4 S
5 E
6 W
7 N
8 W
Lead
D 3
D 7
C 2!
S 2
D J
C 3!
H 5
C 5!
2nd
2
4
10
5
6
J
8
A
3rd
Q
H 7
Q
8!
H 9
4
2
6
4th
A
5
K
K
8
9
J
D 9
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
3 1
4 1
4 2
5 2
5 3
S A J 6 5
H K J 9 7
D 2
C 7 5 3 2
TableS K 3
H A Q 10 8
D A J 7
C Q 8 6 4
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
 
Resp to 1 NT overcall
Stayman convention
Ruffing with 4-4 fit
Establish side suit
Lead partner’s suit
Finesse against dummy
S 10 7 2
H 6 4 3 2
D 9 6 4 3
C K 9
4 H by East7 top tricksWin the restmade 4 -420


West

1 D
All Pass
North

1 H
East
Pass
Pass
South
Pass
1 NT!
Board 2
N-S Vul
S Q 9 5
H A 10 9 8 7
D A 3 2
C J 7
Trick
1 W
2 S
3 N
4 S
5 N
6 E
Lead
D J
S 3!
H 10!
H 2
H 9
D 7
2nd
2
6
6
J
Q
9
3rd
5
Q
K
A
C 2
10
4th
Q
2
4
3
C 4
A
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
4 1
5 1
S A J 6
H J 4
D K J 10 8 6
C A 9 4
TableS 10 8 2
H Q 6 5 3
D 7 5
C K 10 5 3
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Resp to suit overcall
Rebid by overcaller
Timing the play
Lead toward honor
Return partner’s suit
S K 7 4 3
H K 2
D Q 9 4
C Q 8 6 2
1 NT by South3 top tricksCash 2 more winnersmade 1 +90


West

2 H
4 H
North

2 S
All Pass
East

3 H!
South
1 S
Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 10 8 7 2
H 5
D 10 9 8
C K 10 9 7 6
Trick
1 N
2 S
3 W
4 W
5 S
6 S
7 E
8 E
9 W
Lead
S 2
S J
H Q
H J
S A
C Q
H A
D 2
H 10
2nd
3
H 7
5
C 7
C 2!
8
3
5
S 10
3rd
K
7
4
9!
8
6
8
A
C 3
4th
Q
4
2!
K
6
A
C 9
8
6
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
2 2
2 3
3 3
4 3
5 3
6 3
S Q
H Q J 10 8 7
D A K Q J 6
C 8 2
TableS 6 4 3
H A 9 4
D 4 3 2
C A 5 4 3
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
 
Resp to suit overcall
Follow up major raise
Keep trump control
Avoid tap; shed loser
Make declarer ruff
Holdup play
S A K J 9 5
H K 6 3 2
D 7 5
C Q J
4 H by West9 top tricksClaim the restmade 4 -620


West
1 D
Pass
North
1 S
Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
3 S!
Board 4
Both Vul
S A J 9 8 4
H J 7 6 3
D K 3 2
C 5
Trick
1 E
2 N
3 N
4 S
5 N
6 S
7 N
8 W
Lead
D J
S A
C 5!
C 9
S 4
C J
D 2!
D A
2nd
4
2
8
Q
3
K
7
3
3rd
9!
5
A
S 8
K
S 9
10
C 4
4th
K
6
10
2
7
3
Q
6
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
6 1
6 2
S 7 6
H K 9 8
D A Q 9 8 5
C K Q 10
TableS 3 2
H A 10 2
D J 7
C 8 7 6 4 3 2
Bidding
 
Play
Defense
 
Resp to suit overcall
Follow up major raise
Ruff/discard endplay
Lead partner’s suit
Ducking play
S K Q 10 5
H Q 5 4
D 10 6 4
C A J 9
3 S by North6 top tricksW endplayed, lose 2made 3 +140


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Practice 3G09 by Richard Pavlicek

Overcalls III


West

2 D
3 NT
North
1 H
Pass
All Pass
East
1 S
2 NT!
South
Pass
Pass
Board 1
None Vul
S K Q 9
H A J 9 8 6
D J 4
C Q J 7
Trick
1 S
2 S
3 N
4 E
5 E
6 W
7 S
8 E
9 W
10 W
11 W
Lead
H Q
H 5
H J
D K
D 2
D 10
S 8
C 4
D 9
D 8
D 7
2nd
2
3
K
3
5
S 9
2
3
H 6
H 8
3rd
9!
A
S 3
6
A!
S 4
Q
A
S 7
S 10
4th
7!
10
4
4
J
Q
A
7
S 5
S 6
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
3 3
4 3
5 3
6 3
7 3
S 2
H 4 3 2
D A 10 9 8 7 6
C A 8 2
TableS A J 10 7 4
H K 10 7
D K 2
C K 10 4
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Resp to suit overcall
Rebid by overcaller
Holdup play
Positional squeeze
Duck to retain entry
S 8 6 5 3
H Q 5
D Q 5 3
C 9 6 5 3
3 NT by East5 top tricksNorth is squeezedmade 4 -430


West

Pass
Pass
North

2 C!
4 H
East
1 C
Pass
All Pass
South
1 S
2 H
Board 2
N-S Vul
S Q 2
H A K 8 7
D A Q 5 4
C 9 6 4
Trick
1 W
2 S
3 E
4 S
5 N
6 N
7 S
8 E
9 E
10 S
11 S
Lead
C 2
S 10
C Q
H 3
H A!
S 2
S 9
H Q
C J
S 8
S 7
2nd
4
4
K
5
J
3
D 2
6
H 10
D 7
C 8
3rd
10
Q
5
K
4
K
D 4!
D 6
7
D 5
D Q
4th
A
A
6
2
9
5
J
7
9
6
C 3
W L
1 0
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
5 2
5 3
6 3
7 3
8 3
S 5 4
H 9 5
D J 8 7 6 2
C 8 7 5 2
TableS A J 6 3
H Q J 2
D K 10
C Q J 10 3
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Resp to suit overcall
Cue-bid general force
Trump management
Loser-on-loser play
Cash high trump
S K 10 9 8 7
H 10 6 4 3
D 9 3
C A K
4 H by South6 top tricksClaim the restmade 4 +620


West

Pass
3 H
North

1 C
All Pass
East

2 NT!
South
Pass
3 C
Board 3
E-W Vul
S A Q 8 7
H Q 7 6 2
D J 6
C K Q 8
Trick
1 N
2 N
3 S
4 S
5 E
6 W
7 E
8 N
9 E
10 W
Lead
C K
C Q
S J
S 10
D 3
D 2
D 4
C 8
D 8
H 5
2nd
4
J
3
4
5
J
9
H 9
Q
2
3rd
10
A!
8
7
K
A
H 8!
6
H K!
10
4th
2
3
2
H 4
6
7
H Q
5
S Q
3
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
1 3
2 3
3 3
3 4
4 4
5 4
6 4
S K 9 5 4 3
H K 8 5
D K 2
C 5 3 2
TableS 2
H A J 10 9 4
D A 10 8 4 3
C J 4
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Unusual notrump bid
Competitive auction
Establish side suit
Avert overruff
Force dummy to ruff
S J 10 6
H 3
D Q 9 7 5
C A 10 9 7 6
3 H by West6 top tricksDraw trump, claimmade 3 -140


West
1 S
Pass
North
2 H
Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
4 H!
Board 4
Both Vul
S 2
H A K 10 9 4
D 7 6 3 2
C K Q 2
Trick
1 E
2 W
3 N
4 N
5 W
6 N
7 N
8 S
9 S
10 N
11 N
Lead
S J
S A
H A
D 2
S K
H 10
D 3
C A
C 10
C Q
D 6
2nd
3
H 4
2
10
H 9
5
9
3
5
7
S 10
3rd
Q
6
3
K
8
7
Q
2
K
J
4
4th
2
4
J
A
5
S 7
8
4
6
8
J
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
7 2
8 2
8 3
S A K Q 9 7
H J
D A J 8
C 9 8 5 3
TableS J 10 8 6
H 8 6 5 2
D 10 9
C 7 6 4
Bidding
Play
 
Defense
Resp to suit overcall
Survive bad break
Elimination technique
Make declarer ruff
S 5 4 3
H Q 7 3
D K Q 5 4
C A J 10
4 H by North8 top tricksWest is endplayedmade 4 +620


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Practice 3G13 by Richard Pavlicek

Overcalls IV


West

3 H!
North
1 D
Pass
East
1 NT
4 H
South
Pass
All Pass
Board 1
None Vul
S 7 5 3
H A 7 6 2
D K Q J 9 3
C A
Trick
1 N
2 E
3 W
4 E
5 N
6 W
7 E
8 W
9 W
10 E
Lead
D K
H 3
H 4
C 5!
D Q
S 2
S J
S Q
C 2!
C Q
2nd
A
5
6?
3
8
3
8
7
D 3
9
3rd
2
Q
K
J
4
K
A
D 10
K
4
4th
5
2
S 4
A
H 9
6
5
9
7
H 7
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
8 2
S A Q 2
H Q J 10 9 4
D 5
C J 6 4 2
TableS K J
H K 8 3
D A 10 8
C K Q 10 8 5
Bidding
 
Play
Choose defensive action
Resp to 1 NT overcall
Keep trump control
S 10 9 8 6 4
H 5
D 7 6 4 2
C 9 7 3
4 H by West8 top tricksConcede high trumpmade 4 -420


West

Pass
North

3 NT!
East
1 C
All Pass
South
1 S
Board 2
N-S Vul
S 3 2
H K Q 9 3
D A K 7
C Q J 8 6
Trick
1 E
2 N
3 E
4 N
5 S
6 S
7 W
Lead
H 2
S 2
H 5?
S 3
S K
S 7
C 9
2nd
4
Q
6
J
9
10
J
3rd
7
4!
8
A
C 6
D 7
K
4th
9
6
Q
5
D 2
H 10
3
W L
1 0
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
4 2
4 3
S 10 9 6 5
H 8 7
D J 9 8 6
C 9 7 4
TableS Q J
H J 10 5 2
D Q 10 2
C A K 10 2
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
 
Choose defensive action
Resp to suit overcall
Play for best chance
Duck to retain entry
Count signal
Choose discard
S A K 8 7 4
H A 6 4
D 5 4 3
C 5 3
3 NT by North7 top tricksLose 1 more trickmade 3 +600


West

1 NT
North

2 H
East

4 S!
South
1 H
All Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 10 7 6
H J 9 5 4
D Q 7 3 2
C Q 6
Trick
1 S
2 S
3 W
4 E
5 W
6 E
7 W
8 W
Lead
H K
H 6
S 4
S 2
H 10
D 5
D A
D 10
2nd
7!
A
7
C J
J
9
3
7
3rd
9
4
K
A
S 3
K
6
C 4!
4th
3
D 4
5
6
2
2
J
H 8
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
S A J 4
H A 10 7
D A K 10 8
C 8 3 2
TableS K Q 9 8 3 2
H 3
D 6 5 4
C K 7 4
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
 
Choose defensive action
Resp to 1 NT overcall
Avoidance duck
Ruffing finesse
Trump length signal
Honor signal
S 5
H K Q 8 6 2
D J 9
C A J 10 9 5
4 S by East9 top tricksLose 2 more tricksmade 4 -620


West
1 D
Pass
Pass
North
1 S
2 S
4 H
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
2 D!
3 H
Board 4
Both Vul
S A K J 8 2
H 10 3 2
D 7 3
C Q 7 3
Trick
1 W
2 W
3 S
4 N
5 N
6 N
7 W
8 S
Lead
D K
D J
D 5
S A
S K
C Q
C J
D 8
2nd
3
7
9
4
5
4
3
Q
3rd
2
6
H 2
3
C 2
6
5
H 10
4th
4
A
10
7
10
A
K
C 8
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
4 2
5 2
6 2
S 10 7
H Q 9 5
D K Q J 9
C A J 10 9
TableS Q 9 6 5 4
H 7 6
D 10 6 2
C 8 5 4
Bidding
 
Play
 
Resp to suit overcall
Cue-bid general force
Holdup play
Avert overruff
S 3
H A K J 8 4
D A 8 5 4
C K 6 2
4 H by South7 top tricksLose 1 trump trickmade 4 +620


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Practice 3G17 by Richard Pavlicek

Overcalls V


West

2 H
4 H
North
1 D
Pass
All Pass
East
1 H!
3 H
South
Pass
Pass
Board 1
None Vul
S K J 7 6
H 10
D K Q J 8
C K 10 9 3
Trick
1 S
2 N
3 E
4 E
5 W
6 E
7 W
8 E
9 W
10 E
Lead
D 2
D K
H A
C 2!
C 4
H 7
C 5
D 4
C J
D 9
2nd
5
A
8
6
9
J
10
10
K
S 3
3rd
J
7
2
A
H 6
K
H 9
H 3
H 4
H 5
4th
3
6
10
3
7
S 6
8
8
Q
Q
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
9 1
S Q 8 2
H K 5 3 2
D 6 5
C A J 5 4
TableS A 5 4
H A 9 7 6 4
D A 9 4 3
C 2
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Resp to suit overcall
Follow up major raise
Crossruff
Elopement play
Count signal
S 10 9 3
H Q J 8
D 10 7 2
C Q 8 7 6
4 H by East7 top tricksWin 1 more trickmade 4 -420


West

Pass
All Pass
North

2 H!
East
1 C
Pass
South
1 H
4 H
Board 2
N-S Vul
S A J 6 5 4
H K 9 2
D Q 3
C 9 4 3
Trick
1 W
2 E
3 E
4 W
5 N
6 S
7 S
Lead
C 7
C K
C 10
S 2
H 2
C J!
D A
2nd
3
6
Q
A
3
D 4
5
3rd
A
2
H 4
10
A
D 3
Q
4th
5
4
9
7
5
8
8
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
1 3
2 3
3 3
4 3
S 8 3 2
H 5 4
D K 9 7 6 5 4
C 7 2
TableS K Q 10 9
H 7 6 3
D 10 8
C A K 10 8
Bidding
 
Play
Defense
Resp to suit overcall
Follow up major raise
Pursue extra chance
Suit preference signal
S 7
H A Q J 10 8
D A J 2
C Q J 6 5
4 H by South7 top tricksCrossruff the restmade 4 +620


West

1 S
North

Pass
East

4 S!
South
1 C
All Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 8 7 4
H 7 3
D Q 10 7 5
C J 7 5 4
Trick
1 N
2 E
3 W
4 E
5 W
6 E
7 S
8 S
9 W
10 W
Lead
C 4
S 3
S 5
H 4!
S 6
H 5!
C K
D 6
H J
S 10!
2nd
A
2
4
10
8
K
10
K!
D 7
C 7
3rd
9
J
A
Q
9!
2
5
5
6
Q
4th
3
7
C 2
7
C 6
3
8
2
8
H 9
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
5 1
5 2
6 2
7 2
8 2
S K J 10 6 5
H Q J 2
D K 8 3
C 10 3
TableS A Q 9 3
H A 6 5 4
D 9 4 2
C A 8
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
 
Choose defensive action
Resp to suit overcall
Lead toward honor
Use trumps as entries
Trump length signal
Second-hand play
S 2
H K 10 9 8
D A J 6
C K Q 9 6 2
4 S by West7 top tricksLose 1 more trickmade 4 -620


West
1 S
Pass
North
1 NT
3 NT
East
Pass
All Pass
South
2 NT!
Board 4
Both Vul
S K 7 4
H A 10
D A K J 3 2
C Q 10 4
Trick
1 E
2 W
3 N
4 W
5 E
6 N
7 N
8 N
9 N
10 N
Lead
S 8
D 9
C 4!
D 4
S 2
D K
D 3
D 2
C Q
C 10
2nd
Q!
A!
6
J
3
10
H 2
C 2
5
9
3rd
A
8
K
Q
9
7
H 3
C 3
J
S 10
4th
4
5
A
6
K
C 7
C 8
S 5
S 6
W L
0 1
1 1
1 2
1 3
2 3
3 3
4 3
5 3
6 3
S A J 9 6 5
H Q J 8
D 9 4
C A 8 7
TableS 8 2
H 7 6 5 2
D Q 10 8
C 9 6 5 2
Bidding
 
Play
 
Choose defensive action
Resp to 1 NT overcall
Play to trick one
Erase dangerous entry
S Q 10 3
H K 9 4 3
D 7 6 5
C K J 3
3 NT by North4 top tricksWest is squeezedmade 4 +630


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