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Bridge Corner: December 7, 2017

Hello and welcome to Tidewater Bridge Unit.

Responding to partner’s overcall
Your left hand opponent has opened the bidding with 1 club, your partner overcalls with 1 spade, and your right hand opponent passes (remember, your partner’s bid of 1 spade shows at least a five-card spade suit and 8-16 HCP). What is your bid?

1 Club
1 Spade
1NT – 8-11 HCP, club stopper, not forcing
2 Clubs – forcing, shows spade support with 10+ points
2 Diamonds – not forcing
2 Hearts – not forcing
2 Spades – 6-9HCP, 3 spades, 6-10 HCP
2NT – 12-14 HCP, clubs stopped, an invitation to go to game
3 Diam. – good suit, good hand, invitational
3 Hearts – good suit, good hand invitational
3 Spades – preemptive, 4spades with 6-9
3NT – to play, 14+ hcp with clubs stopped

One of the hardest parts of this game is learning how to or whether to respond to your partner’s overcall, so don’t feel overwhelmed. With partnership trust and plenty of practice, you will get this.
After partner overcalls 1C with 1S, both your 2S and 3S bids show weak hands with support. 3 Spades (S) shows a weaker and/or shapelier hand than 2S, while the cue-bid of 2 Clubs shows a good hand with spade support.
The 3S bid is called preempting – jumping the bidding with a weak hand. The idea is to crowd the bidding when you have a long suit to make it more difficult for the opponents to bid. Jumping to 3S would show a hand similar to:
(Spades) Axxx (Hearts) x (Diamonds) xxxx (Clubs) Qxxx

Winning Pairs
November 28, 2017

Gloria Maddux – Harriett Goodrich
Aldis Raymond – Lilley Holley
Delores Burney – Rose Ward
Elva Taylor – Shirley Nottingham
Betty Warren – Grace Setzer
Jennifer Douglas – Helen Lake
Cindy Jones – Whitfield Barbara
Wilma Horne – Eunice Moore
Rosemary Whitehurst – Oneida Lacey

Winning Pairs
November 29, 2017

Aldis Raymond – Gillis Wastson
Lilley Holley – Harold Kiefer
Oneida Lacey – Rosemary Whitehurst
Wilma Horne – Olethia Everett
Whitfield Barbara – Gloria Maddux
Cindy Jones – Shirley Nottingham


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