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artner opens 1NT and RHO overcalls 2®

which nowadays means many different

things, for example, hearts and another, clubs

and a major, both majors, and many other

meanings. What should our bids mean?

I recommend a simple approach. Firstly I will deal

with a 2® overcall showing something other than

both majors.

IF 2® DOES NOT MEAN BOTH MAJORS

I suggest you play very simply:

Double = Stayman ( ie they stole your bid!)

2t+ = what it would have meant had they passed

(transfers etc).

This makes it very easy to develop the bidding on

your own constructive hands and gives you an

unambiguous base to work from as it can often be

confusing what bids mean when the opponents

come in. For example, you pick up:

Partner opens 1NT showing

12-14 points. RHO overcalls

2® showing hearts and

another, now you want to

investigate 4´, 5t, 3NT and

possibly even the odd slam. It is

ugly and vexing to have to bid, say, 3´ forcing just

because RHO overcalled 2®. Well you don't have to!

Just bid 2™ transfer to spades and follow with 3t

next if permitted - natural and game-forcing just as

it would have been had RHO not entered the

bidding.

Partner again opens 1NT

(12-14) and RHO overcalls 2®

which this time shows clubs

and a major. Now you want to

investigate game in either major

(you don't know which major

RHO holds) and also 3NT. This is easy, just double

which is Stayman (the bid you would have made

had RHO passed!). Now you can develop the

bidding on familiar ground just

as if partner had opened 1NT

and you had responded 2®.

From time to time partner may

hold a hand like the one to the

left, and he can leave the double

in for a juicy penalty.

One more example. Partner opens 1NT (12-14)

and RHO overcalls 2® showing hearts and another.

This time you pick up:

Had RHO passed hopefully

you would be able to show six

diamonds, short spades and a

game-force. Many people can

do that by bidding 2NT as a

transfer to diamonds and

follow up with 3´ to show shortage. With the

method I recommend you can do just that. Bid 2NT

and 3´ next and 3NT, 5t and even a slam can be

investigated as normal.

This method is not so good when they overcall

2® showing both majors as we are much less likely

to want to play in a major. Therefore I suggest a

different but very simple scheme which focuses on

the minor suit hands.

WHEN 2® SHOWS BOTH MAJORS

Double = points, at least enough for 2NT and no

better bid.

2t = 5+ diamonds, non-forcing

2™ = 5+ clubs, game forcing

2´ = 5+ diamonds, game forcing

2NT = puppet to 3® - either to play 3®, bid 3t to

play (more preemptive than 2t) or bid 3™/´ to

show a stopper in that major and not in the other

3® = 6+®, invitational

3t = 6+t, invitational

3™ = short heart (5/4+ minors), game forcing

3´ = short spades (5/4+ minors), game forcing

Protect Your 1NT Sequences

Bridge Tips by David Gold

click

link

´ A Q 10 6 5

™ 3 2

t A K 9 6 4

® 7

´ A K J 3

™ K 7 6 5

t K 6 4 3

® 2

´ 4 2

™ A 9 3

t A 8 5

® K J 10 5 3

´ 3

™ A J 4

t K Q J 8 7 5

® A 10 2

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