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It is legal to agree to open 1™ in third hand on this

hand, and I can believe it is normal for this pair. So

it is not a psyche.

The EBU rules are that such light opening bids are

not alertable but should be on the system card. If

pairs at the club do not routinely have system cards,

then the pair in question could be required to tell

opponents at the beginning of the round that their

third-in-hand opening bids can be as weak as this.

S

tephen Bliss has a similar query about light

overcalls. A player at a local club has a habit

of making very light overcalls when not

vulnerable. Two examples:

North has ´10 8, ™Q J 10 9 6, t- ®J 10 9 7 4 3.

North passes as dealer, East opens 1t South

passes, West bids 2® and North now comes in

with 2™.

Again, North has ´9 8 7 5 4, ™J 9 6 2, t8 2 ® A

9. South passes as dealer, West opens 1t and

North overcalls 1´.

You will note that South had already passed

before these extremely light overcalls were made.

They seem to have little purpose but to confuse

opponents. My two questions are:

1. Given the very low honour strength and suit

quality, do these count as psychic bids?

2. Given that this player makes such bids quite

often in certain circumstances (non-vulnerable,

partner already passed), should the bids be

alerted?

A

ileen Cunningham asked: South dealt, and

after two passes, North opened 1™ with

´J862 ™KQ96 tK7 ®965. Is this a psyche?

This is a long term strong partnership. They have

played together weekly for many years. North

insisted that it was a normal legal bid. If a

partnership plays 3rd in hand can be weak should

that be alerted?

psyche. The EBU rules are that natural weak

overcalls are not alertable but should be on the

system card.

It is legitimate to make bids to confuse the

opponents, as long as there is not a concealed

partnership understanding, and as long as it is the

bid that causes the confusion, not the way it is

explained.

R

obin Barker is the EBU's Deputy Chief

Tournament Director. He is editor of

the White Bookrobin@ebu.co.ukard to

answering your questions. Please email him

- robin@ebu.co.uk.

The author, English Bridge and the EBU are

not responsible if the information provided is

incorrect or incomplete.

which are forcing as a consequence are not alertable.

(h) A 1NT response to a 1™ or 1´ opening which

might show more than 10 HCP.

It is legal to agree to make overcalls on very weak

hands, and if the opponents agree to overcall on

such hands, and this is properly disclosed, it is not a

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