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´ K J 9 8 6 5

™ Q J 7 5 4

t K

® 4

Responding to two-suited overcalls

by David Gold

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artnerships usually have plenty of system for

raising opening bids and overcalls (Jacoby,

Bergen, UCBs, fit jumps etc) but responding

to two-suited overcalls often gets neglected.

For the purpose of this article I intend to

primarily look at responding to bids showing the

majors. For example, let's take a look at:

4™/´ = limited

After the 2NT enquiry a possible scheme is:

3® = minimum, followed by 3™/´ - non-forcing

3t = medium, followed by 3™/´ - non-forcing

3™ = six hearts and five spades and forcing

3´ = six spades and five hearts and forcing

3NT = 5·5 shape and max

4®/t = void in suit bid.

LET'S SEE SOME EXAMPLES

W N E S

1® 2® Pass ?

W N E S

1t 2t Pass ?

W N E S

1® 2®/2t Pass ?

Note, you can use 2®, but some people prefer 2t,

leaving the 2® overcall as natural - particularly as

so many opponents now play that a 1® bid may be

short. And, of course:

You can also use my proposed solution over

Landy-style bids (showing both majors) when the

opponents open 1NT. Let's look at 1® (2®)

showing 5·5 in the majors and the next player

passes.

I propose a very simple scheme:

2t = No preference (could be a mild try in spades

if bidding 2´ next over 2™). When this bid is

available you could use it to bail to 3t by bidding

3t next

2™/2´ = normal preference with no constructive

interest

2NT = enquiry - usually a good hand without a

good fit for either major but may go this way with

slam interest or simply unsure of the best game

3® = game interest in hearts

3t = game interest in spades

3™/´ = 4-card support and preemptive

4® = slam suitable 4™ bid

4t = slam suitable 4´ bid

Hand 1 Hand 2 Hand 3

´ Q 2 ´ Q 3 ´ K 10 6 5

™ K 3 ™ K 10 2 ™ 3

t J 8 7 6 5 t A 7 6 5 3 t J 7 6 5

® K 9 3 2 ® 8 6 5 ® 9 6 5 3

Hand 4 Hand 5 Hand 6

´ 5 4 ´ A Q 6 5 4 ´ K 7

™ A K 10 3 ™ 3 ™ A 3

t A Q 7 6 5 t 8 6 5 3 t K Q 10 6 5

® 3 2 ® 5 4 3 ® A 6 5 4

Hand 1. 2t. This allows partner

to pick 2´ with, say:

´ A K J 8 7

™ Q J 7 6 5

t 9 8

® 3

Hand 2. 3®. Partner knows that

this sort of hand should be

enough (could bid 3t as an

inbetween bid if unsure).

´ J 9 8 7 4

™ A Q 10 5 4

t A 2

® A

Hand 3. 3´. Maybe partner has

something like this, and has an

easy 4´ bid now knowing of

four spades opposite.

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