You have enough strength to respond, but what should you do when when East overcalls your best suit?

If you double East’s bid, will partner think it is a takeout double or a penalty double?

Want more? Read our lesson about Negative Doubles:

Negative Double

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  1. You have enough strength to respond, but what should you do when when East overcalls your best suit?

    If you double East’s bid, will partner think it is a takeout double or a penalty double?

    Want more? Read our lesson about Negative Doubles:
    http://skybridgeclub.com/learn/negative-double/

  2. Profile photo of baygon2014 baygon2014 says:

    Thanks for the video – thought about 3nt but was nervous about the fact I did not have a spade stopper and so stayed in 3h.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
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  3. Profile photo of debblair debblair says:

    Unable to get to 3NT as N went straight to 4Hs after my 2NT How did people get to 3NT?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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    – 1 2 2N
    P 4 P P
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  4. Profile photo of suec88 suec88 says:

    Fabulous video guys thanks so much explains everything 🙂 couldnt get the hearts right but made 11 in NT after watching the video.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  5. Profile photo of golfmadviv golfmadviv says:

    Good video play
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
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  6. Profile photo of radiog radiog says:

    Only made 9 with auction of 3NT.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  7. Profile photo of redsquirrel redsquirrel says:

    Managed to make 9 in 3NT having seen above will now watch the video and try to make 11.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
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  8. Profile photo of johna johna says:

    Realised tonight, after fishing all day and half bottle of red, that Graeme’s Reading of the hands and card counting is definitely superior to my present state. Failed to make 3NT until I watched the video, twice, whereupon 11 tricks drop out, purely logically, no luck, no finesse.

    The only good news is that I understand his logic in hindsight.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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    • Profile photo of graeme graeme says:

      Let’s see. Fishing, red wine, a bit of bridge. Seems like it’s all good news, @johna.

      • Profile photo of johna johna says:

        Thanks for your comment. Yes but I wish my Bridge was better. I’ve read the books by the world best and Australian best, my background is probability theory and investment, and I overlay with an intuitive instinct (sort of psychic analysis of analysing based on how I know people bid and play). I do need to improve my visualisation of the hands at the start, and your videos are helping me in this growth. I’m suddenly remembering all sorts of eight digit numbers like credit cards and driving licences that I never did before and I attribute this to daily Bridge play. I now get top board most days on your system but usually only at the second attempt once I know what contract to be in.

        I’ve only been playing since August 2016, and I lack a regular partner so it’s hard to progress to the sort of bidding sophistication needed to bid and make slams, or know when to stick short of game.

        Anyway, your daily dose of hands and the videos is definitely helping my game, notwithstanding the regular sub-optimal computer leads.

        • Profile photo of graeme graeme says:

          Just keep playing, @johna. At the moment the best thing you can do is get lots of hands under your belt and forget all the gadgets. The chances of ever getting the same hand are microscopically small but after a while some of them start to look the same. Somewhere between conscious recollection and some sort of unconscious connection to your memory banks you’ll start to know stuff and recognise situations. In time you have spare brain power to be thinking about other stuff.

          Play the hands slowly and thoughtfully, thinking specially carefully about what the opening lead means about the distribution of that suit and what clues you can garner from the auction.

          Forget about your results and just practice focus. I used to practice by finishing every hand and then writing down all four hands before looking at the opposition cards. Or, harder but better, imagining the cards in your head. Trying to recollect the full hands will do much more good than looking at the score sheet.

          Just some ideas for you, I’m sure you’ll figure out your own learning path.

          • Profile photo of johna johna says:

            Really appreciate the advice. Will practice your visualisation techniques. I can “see” words and numbers in my minds eye and I’m sure regular play will improve my visualisation further. My goal is to see all 4 hands before looking. Will practice that.

  9. Profile photo of terrypause terrypause says:

    went to 4 hearts, took a chance, missed by 1..seems 3nt is better try again, can do better
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
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  10. Profile photo of radiog radiog says:

    Tried again…made 4 H
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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    P 4 P P
    P

  11. Profile photo of louie2 louie2 says:

    Wow thanks for the great video guys. Made 3N and 4H
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
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    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  12. Profile photo of rita928 rita928 says:

    3N, down one. Should have known about playing the 7C!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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    P 3 P 3N
    P P P

  13. Profile photo of nelle nelle says:

    3H down 1. OK I’ll try 3NT.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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    P

  14. Profile photo of lapisan lapisan says:

    Thank you. I am with you Bajir 3NT is not my favorite. You make it look so easy Graeme! Thanks for the excellent video.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
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    P P P

  15. Bid 3 nt & made the same
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
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    P P P

  16. Profile photo of paulflash paulflash says:

    North is nowhere close to reopening with a jump bid of 3H opposite a passing partner. Playing negative doubles, it is routine to reopen with a double which would be passed by South for penalties. West might run to 2S which also can be doubled and defeated at least 2 tricks. If West leads a spade against 3NT, then 3NT will be defeated by accurate defense.

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    P 3 P 3N
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  17. Profile photo of ennasarp ennasarp says:

    Kept 3rd by ducking the Club lead and wining 4 C tricks, 3 D, 1 H and 1 S. Straight forward, helped by double turn D of East and bad club play by East.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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    P 3 P 3N
    P P P

  18. Profile photo of ennasarp ennasarp says:

    Bid and kept 3 NT as above by passing first round bid and bidding 3 NT over partner’s rebid of 3H.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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    P P P

  19. Profile photo of nevillet nevillet says:

    Bid 3H twice and went down one (1) each time…
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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    P 3 P P
    P

  20. Profile photo of suzie suzie says:

    Did not follow the hint, left it at 3H and made 4; happy!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
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  21. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    Crazy bid— I must have sent the wrong message!
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    P 3 P 3N
    P 4 P P
    P

  22. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    Made 4H on first replay. Then after many tries made 11 tricks in 3NT! Secret lies in the auction! 1/1348. Congrats to the top scorers.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  23. Profile photo of paws paws says:

    Watched your video first and it was so easy afterwards to make 11 in NTs. Your videos are so good and really enjoy them.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
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    P P P

  24. Profile photo of wandad wandad says:

    Made 4 H After partner went to 3 H without my help I decided H was not a problem suit and I had 8 points
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  25. Profile photo of mcfluff mcfluff says:

    Great video @graeme and@bajir. I quite like NT and bid and played 3NT before I saw the video and only made 8 tricks. Concerned about the entries to the clubs I put the ace up 2nd.. fatal mistake. Very interested in the deductions I could have made had I even thought about the original clubs bid by East! Good stuff thankyou , very entertaining
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
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    – 1 2 2
    P 3 P 3N
    P P P

  26. Had to watch your video to get 11 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
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    P 3 P 3N
    P P P

  27. Profile photo of normie616 normie616 says:

    made my 3 NT without looking at my records from video.wish i could make the 11 give it 1 more go .Still say difficult hand!!!! cheers normie sa
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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    P P P

  28. Profile photo of egan egan says:

    After several attempts at playing the hand and watching the video I finally got 11 tricks, great learning experience.


    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
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    – 1 2 P
    P 3 P 3N
    P P P

  29. Profile photo of judyjunkin judyjunkin says:

    Went to 4 H and went down 1.I must have had a senior moment to lose control! Will try 3 NT.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
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    P P P

  30. Profile photo of AgnesMin25 AgnesMin25 says:

    Great Video Graeme and Bajir – Thank you so much.

  31. Profile photo of verona verona says:

    @graeme. It was a very tricky hand. It is just as well Bajir was there to ask the telling questions about the bidding and also the play. I have never come across a negative double so the lesson was very helpful. Once South passed the bidding was “easy” I chose the 3NT over the 4H as it was unclear how many Hs North held and I wasn’t very impressed with the holding when they went down. With the play I would have had trouble with the Spades as I wanted to make the K. My other problem was the DQ. It was our good fortune to see that E only had 2Ds thus we made the J. I could not have worked that out. Playing the Hearts out was the answer.

    I noticed somewhere that you raised my status Graeme! May I ask from what to where?

    Many thanks for your patience as I would not have come across the resolution of some of the “common mistakes” that Tina, Bajir and yourself have helped us with had I not done the Summer School. Cheers. Verona @verona

  32. Profile photo of brookm brookm says:

    Great lesson thank you. Playing on my iPad and hit the wrong club costing me a trick%uD83D%uDE16
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  33. Profile photo of verona verona says:

    Thanks Bajir. Can we access these common mistakes videos again. At aged 76 and only playing for 2 and a half years my “save” button doesn’t work as well as it should. To revisit some of the videos would be handy. Verona

  34. Profile photo of evereece evereece says:

    Loved the video, as usual, but I still went down one after bidding 3 NT! I went back in, again, and made 3 NT…I had to slow way down to do it! I remembered that 7 C play which to me was genius (thanks Graeme)! In North’s shoes, I would never have jumped to 3 H, especially after South passed! Ah well, no guts, no glory! 🙂 What fun!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
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    – 1 2 P
    P 3 P 3N
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