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In Auction B, once again the opener has 19 points

and responder has 6. Responder chooses to pass

(imagine he doesn't have three hearts) and opener

bids again with 1NT.

The reason why you need to respond a dustbin

1NT when the next hand passes is so that your side

will not languish in 1™ when a game contract can be

made.

However when the opponents overcall this

danger has passed - not because your side won't

have 25 points but because partner will get another

bid irrespective of what you do, and game will be

reached one way or another.

So the values needed for a 'free' bid of 1NT after

an overcall are 8-10. As usual there are some cheeky

hands of 7 HCP that might sneak in (especially if

they have a tasty spade holding backed up by

intermediate cards).

A jump to 2NT would start at a hand too good for

1NT, so a super 10 up to a poor 12, and with

anything more than that you will bid 3NT, either

now or later.

Something else crucial which might have left

readers scratching their heads was this sequence:

there is no reason why the overcaller can't have 14

points and their partner seven, leaving the

responder (who has done nothing but passed

throughout) with nothing at all!

Instead, if you rebid 1NT when partner has

shown nothing you promise a decent hand, 17-19

points. Hands with only 15-16 should just pass out

the overcall if they have length in the opposition

suit. If they have shortage in the overcall suit then

they can double for take-out regardless of how

strong they are. r

The Dos and Don'ts of coping with

interference

Do make sure your free bid of 1NT is 8-10

points after an overcall with a sound stopper

in the opponent's suit.

Do stretch to show a good suit if you have a

shapely hand with shortage in the

overcaller's suit. If your LHO raises then

partner has somewhere to go

Don't rebid as opener in the same way when

your LHO overcalls and your partner

passes as you would if partner had

responded. When partner passes he has

promised nothing!

Don't forget that the first priority is to find a

major suit fit. When responding, use a

negative double to show length in the unbid

major suit. This should take priority

over a no trump response, showing a

stopper in the opponent's suit. r

MORE PRACTICE ONLINE, P67

Auction B

W N E S

1™ 1´ Pass Pass

1NT

Auction C

W N E S

1™ Pass 1´ Pass

? Auction D

W N E S

1™ 1´ Pass Pass

?

Did I really say that opener might have 19 points

for this bid? Why not bid 2NT?

The answer of course is very simple and entirely

logical. When partner has passed he has promised

no values at all, and there is no reason to think you

will make 2NT. Compare and contrast these two

simple sequences:

In the first sequence partner has promised a few

values, it used to be six HCP but some hands of five

HCP should respond as well, so a jump to 2NT on

18-19 makes perfect sense.

In the second sequence partner has promised

nothing at all so it is not safe to jump to 2NT. In fact

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