June 2019 English Bridge
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.
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
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
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
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
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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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