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Overcalls

An overcall is a bid made after the opposition have already opened the bidding. Whereas an opening bid can show a 3, 4 or 5 card suit depending on your bidding system, an overcall is always a 5 card suit.

Simple overcall

Good 5 card suit, 10 - 15 points

Unlike an opening bid, you don't need to have 12 points for a simple overcall. A good 5-card suit is the key and good rule of thumb is two of the top four honours in the suit.

This next hand is not strong but spades would make a good trump suit, you take up opponents' bidding space and, if you end up defending, partner will know to lead a spade.

strength for simple overcall in bridge

A good 5 card suit is all you need for an overcall

Weak jump overcall

Good 6 card suit, 6 - 10 points

A weak jump overcall is similar to a weak 2 opening bid. You can quickly describe your hand to your partner and at the same time make it hard for the opposition to enter the auction

strength for simple overcall in bridge

Preemptive overcall

Good 7 card suit, 6 - 10 points

A preemptive overcall is similar to a preemptive opening bid.

strength for simple overcall in bridge

1NT

An overcall of 1NT shows 16-18 points, balanced.

strength for simple overcall in bridge

Comments

Perky
Perky says:
Excellent
davidroberts
davidroberts says:
Agreed. Excellent!
JTGregory
JTGregory says:
A 1NT overcall must also have a stop in the opponents' suit.
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