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With a really strong hand, should I just overcall?

You have a great hand and you want to bid after East opens the auction. But, if you just overcall 1, partner might just pass leaving you in a 1-level contract.

Is there something better you can do?

77 Comments

  1. Profile photo of cookers cookers says:

    Seemed a shame to be left in one spade
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 1
    P P P

  2. We went to 2 spades going down1. Played again in 1 spade made 2. No logic….
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 1
    P P P

  3. Profile photo of markpx markpx says:

    Well happy to support partner’s hearts. But then the “rescue” 3C is crazy and easy to double with a very nice result. The robots here need to try harder!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 2
    P P X P
    3 P P X
    P P P

  4. Profile photo of lizzys lizzys says:

    I crossed after openers bid of 1Diamond, partner went 1H, I went 1NT and partner raised to 3NT and made it!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 1N
    2 3N P P
    P

  5. Profile photo of premgemmell premgemmell says:

    Pity could not bid any higher
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 1
    P P P

  6. Profile photo of margie margie says:

    Managed to get 2 Hearts. A good tutorial.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 P
    2 2 P 2
    P P P

  7. Profile photo of firie firie says:

    I haven’t played the hand but would double, forcing partner to call. I always understood that 17 plus points was too many for an overcall. If partner then responded in diamonds then I would have a go in NT’s. Think I’ll go and play it and see what happens.

  8. Profile photo of hugmada hugmada says:

    Made 10 in Hearts-very easy when you know your partner has 4 Hearts and you then have a fit
    Goes against what I have been taught-but rules are to be broken
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 1
    P 2 X P
    3 3 P P
    P

  9. Profile photo of firie firie says:

    Well I played the hand in 4H . When partner bid hearts I re-added up my hand and came up with 19 total points. As we weren’t vulnerable I took a gamble on partner having at least 6 points.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 4
    P P P

  10. Profile photo of gingacrunch gingacrunch says:

    It’s a 4heart contract.
    Double as the hand is too strong to overcall.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  11. Profile photo of esteeal esteeal says:

    Played 4H making it with a bit of cross ruffing.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 4
    P P P

  12. Profile photo of levino7 levino7 says:

    I thought bidding No Trumps with 16 pts instead of over calling , is telling partner just that. That’s what I did here and got 9. Perhaps doubling is the correct thing here.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 1N
    P P P

  13. Profile photo of powerofpawn powerofpawn says:

    When partner bid hearts in response to my double, I rebid 3H to let partner know my strong 4 heart support and ended up in 4H, making with cross ruffing.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  14. Profile photo of johngeep johngeep says:

    Hmmm, P , 2D (Michaels)…. why no 2H from North??

  15. Profile photo of malh malh says:

    4 Heart made

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 4
    P P P

  16. Profile photo of patmac patmac says:

    I doubled 3 clubs and scored 500. I am happy with that
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 2
    P P X P
    3 P P X
    P P P

  17. Profile photo of joanhart joanhart says:

    Double to show partner an opening hand and their response is 1H. Show 3H and they should go to 4H. Makes by cross ruffing.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  18. Profile photo of anyana anyana says:

    In Acol, I think East’s opening bid is 1 club, bidding the lowest 4 card suit. If so, North is more likely to bid Diamonds than hearts after a South Double. I ended up in three No Trumps, but confess I didn’t make it.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 X
    2 P P 2N
    P 3N P P
    P

  19. Profile photo of hlabreche hlabreche says:

    Well, I X twice and my partner never mentioned his H…but I can see that H would have been excellent. I ended up biding 2 S on my own even though the opp bid them. Made 3.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 X
    2 P P 2
    P P P

  20. Profile photo of verona verona says:

    P P E bid 1 diamond S doubled W p N 1 heart E i spade S doubled W 3 diamonds. N/S defeated contract by 3 or 4. Verona

  21. Profile photo of says:

    4H Made

    P , P , 1D, X
    P, 1H,1S, 3H
    P, 4H, P, P
    P

  22. Profile photo of daniel13 daniel13 says:

    After I doubled, the bidding proceeded quite differently from the video anslysis as West bid a heart and East a spade.
    I ended up in a 3 hearts contract which I made.

  23. Profile photo of triciacallow triciacallow says:

    I was in 2H but made 4. Partner never mentioned his hearts – E opened 1C – P responded to my double with 1D and didn’t respond to my 2H. From the comments above, the people who bid to game in Hs had luck on their side – the difference being that E opened 1D so P bid 1H.

    Can anyone tell me – is the difference in E’s opening bid due to bidding systems?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 2
    P P P

  24. Profile photo of egan egan says:

    I bid a take-out double, north bid 2hearts I replied 3h and north replied 4h. We went down one.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  25. After 1D, I doubled. Partner bid 1H,I bid 3H, 4H from N. 4H made.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  26. doubled and ended up in four hearts down one. If I had let the diamond feiness do its thing would made my contract…not guts no air medals
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  27. Profile photo of brenda-smyth brenda-smyth says:

    Played in 4 h and made it . I bid 2 d p,bid 3 d , I bid 3 nt aand p bid 4 h great hand lots of fun!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 2
    P 3 P 3N
    P 4 P P
    P

  28. Profile photo of caroart caroart says:

    Answered partners Heart bid. Went to 3 H over 3C. Opponents doubled 3H. Made extra trick doubled.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 2
    P P X P
    3 P P 3
    P P P

  29. Profile photo of rhudon rhudon says:

    Bid 3H and made it.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 2
    P P X P
    3 P P 3
    P P P

  30. Profile photo of davstevens davstevens says:

    Doubled, the jumped to 3H; partner bid 4H. The play is touchy; knowing spades will not split I must cross-ruff, so I have to finesse with the J or 10 in my hand, not lead the QH. I must keep the QH to overruff. If I draw trumps and finesse the QS I must still lose a spade, along with two Aces and the KH. The play, as well as the bidding, requires some care.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  31. Profile photo of taoguy68 taoguy68 says:

    Dubbled found a fit in harts made 10
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 2
    P P X XX
    3 P P 3
    P P P

  32. Profile photo of hdwredes hdwredes says:

    Double, 1H, 3H, 4H … made 4 with the finesse on the spades

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  33. Profile photo of joanbrookes joanbrookes says:

    I doubled the 1C opening bid as Bajir and Graeme had done and as I had already seen their bidding, did the same and got to 2H. With cross ruffing I made 4H, but would have liked to have been able to get to bidding 4H. Don’t know if this is possible.

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 2
    P P P

  34. I was curious to see if NT would work out and the contract ended in 3NT and was reached easily. Lucky break or was I taking too much of a risk!!!!
    I doubled the opening bid also, but then went to 1NT on my second bid – my partner went 3NT so while I would have scored higher with the 4H bid at least I was able to achieve game in 3NT

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 1N
    P 3N P P
    P

  35. Profile photo of chini chini says:

    4H bid and made after several tries. Had to play play the spades in the end and that finally worked. First 2 tricks lost immediately, difficult losing only 1 more.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  36. Profile photo of judyjunkin judyjunkin says:

    I did not look at the hand played by Graeme and Bajir first, which I should have done.(Then I couldn’t get it back!). First time I played, I bid 1 S over E 1 D bid and the bidding stopped there. I made 1 S.! But when I saw the better way to play the hand to show my points was to double.! So i did that, N bid his hearts and we ended up in “4 H. WE made it too.!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  37. Profile photo of dcatjones dcatjones says:

    Well I ended up in 3 hearts doubled. I was unable to make it – guess I need to figure out how to play the hand better
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 2
    P P X P
    3 P P 3
    P P P

  38. Profile photo of dcatjones dcatjones says:

    Sorry I meant the 2H was doubled. I played it again and able to make 3 hearts – but still not sure how to make 4 hearts.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 2
    P P X P
    3 P P 3
    P P P

  39. Profile photo of swan swan says:

    3H made.

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 2
    P P X XX
    3 P P 3
    P P P

  40. Profile photo of elizakaye elizakaye says:

    I bid up to 3H and my partner (computer) went to 4h. I could only make 9 tricks, but I see where some people made 10 tricks. I would like to know how.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  41. Profile photo of elizakaye elizakaye says:

    After 4 attempts of going 4H I finally made 10 tricks

  42. Profile photo of bcoughlin bcoughlin says:

    I bid 3 Spades because I thought it stood a chance. Played in 3 Spades and made it…I can see other possibilities, however.
    Thanks.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 3
    P P P

  43. Profile photo of bcoughlin bcoughlin says:

    oops…I didn’t make it, sorry….down one.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  44. Profile photo of bcoughlin bcoughlin says:

    bid differently–got to 4 hearts…..made it this time…of course…since a different way of bidding gave different plays.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 2
    P P X XX
    3 P P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  45. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    Played 4H and made . Very happy.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 4
    P P P

  46. Profile photo of lorfell8 lorfell8 says:

    lorfell8 says: I bid 1 S first and made 3S. Next try, I X 1C. Partner passed. I bid 1 H, Partner bid 2H & I went to 4 H. & made it. At the end I played out the hearts; they each played a C, and I made my last card 6 of C for game. Nice!

    W N E S 5 card majors, strong NT, weak twos, transfers
    1C X
    P1H 2C4H
    P P P
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 2
    P P P

  47. Profile photo of madoux madoux says:

    i bid 2 NT and partner went to hearts and ended up at 4h and went down one
    not sure where made mistake contract should have been made
    excellent game
    thanks
    m
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 2N
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  48. Profile photo of hujar hujar says:

    making 4h
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 2
    P P X 2
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  49. Profile photo of says:

    offered 3NT but partner offers 4 h played and made
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 2
    P 3 P 3N
    P 4 P P
    P

  50. Profile photo of jb4400 jb4400 says:

    Made 4 H
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  51. Profile photo of normie616 normie616 says:

    down 1 H on 4H contract will try and better myself to acheive 4H cheers normie sa
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  52. Profile photo of tagebutik tagebutik says:

    after my double N bids 1 H (!)
    I bid 3 H and N 4 . .
    made it 🙂
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 P
    2 P P P

  53. Profile photo of petecloey petecloey says:

    I bid 2H and East bid 3D so I doubled and East went down 3 making 800.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 P
    2 P P 2
    P P 3 X
    P P P

  54. Profile photo of bluezee bluezee says:

    The bidding changed from the video and the 1 club opening to 1 diamond? ended in 3 hearts making.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 2
    P P X P
    3 P P 3
    P P P

  55. Profile photo of mayroses mayroses says:

    Doubled to show both majors, then went to 4H after partner bid H. Made the contract.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 2
    P P X 4
    P P P

  56. Profile photo of ekimite ekimite says:

    HOW DO YOU MAKE THE SUIT PICTURES, INSTEAD OF TYPING THE WORD, HOW DOES ONE GET THE PICTURE OF THE ?

  57. Profile photo of venice venice says:

    Bid 2 NT partner bid 3H went to 4H and made it easily


    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  58. Profile photo of MoisheR MoisheR says:

    The bidding:
    W N E S
    P P 1D X
    1H P 1S X
    2D P 2S X
    3D P P X

    Collected 1100 pts. Dumb robots
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 X
    2 P P X
    2 P 3 X
    P P P

  59. I kept doubling and eventually ended up in 4H which I made with cross-ruffing.
    Bidding sytem: 4 card majors, weak NT
    W N E S
    P P 1C X
    P
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 X
    2 P P X
    P 2 P 7N
    P P P

  60. I pressed the wrong button too soon!
    what I meant was
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 X
    2 P P X
    P 2 P 4H
    P P P

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 X
    2 P P X
    P 2 P 7N
    P P P

  61. Profile photo of cacho cacho says:

    my partner passed 1 sp. 1 sp made

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 1
    P P P

  62. Profile photo of shiningstar shiningstar says:

    East open 1D, I doubled, Partner answered 1H, I bid 4H. Made 10 tricks by cross trumping
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 4
    P P P

  63. Profile photo of says:

    3nt was the bid and made but i think good players would play differently
    going for the c’s where we were weak
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 1
    P 1N P 2
    P 3N P P
    P

  64. Profile photo of nelle nelle says:

    Bid 3H and made 9 tricks.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 2
    P P X P
    3 P P 3
    P P P

  65. Profile photo of mamag mamag says:

    I doubled, north bid 1H, I bid 4H, made 10 tricks.


    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 4
    P P P

  66. Profile photo of janetru janetru says:

    Doubled (after listening to video) and when partner responded in hearts (not diamonds), we ended up in 4 hearts which were made (second try that is).

  67. Profile photo of kalynpress kalynpress says:

    Took the plunge No guts no glory did a jump shift after my X Partner gave me Diamonds OOPS but when opponent called spades I was hoping partner had 4 hearts so invited partner with 3 hearts , She Obliged took me to game in 4 hearts and we just made game.
    Kalyn
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  68. Profile photo of gettingthere gettingthere says:

    Well, I got left in 1 NT, but at least I made it. Sooo often I am looking for that one last trick to make contract. Clever computer!

    kalynpress, I love the no guts no glory saying, and the whole approach, and you did well. When I decide NGNG I often go down, and usually by one hand.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 1N
    P P P

  69. Profile photo of dyfed dyfed says:

    well that was hard work!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 X
    2 P P X
    P 2 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  70. Profile photo of rogerayre rogerayre says:

    I doubled (take out double) and got a diamond from N. East then bid spades so I called 1NT. South raised to 3NT, and I went 1 down. I think South raising to 3 with just 6 points is a but cavalier.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 1N
    2 3N P P
    P

  71. Profile photo of says:

    They ended up in 3Cx. we took them 2light and scored 500. Nice!!
    1pamelab1
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 2
    P P X P
    3 P P X
    P P P

  72. Profile photo of collar collar says:

    Q1st game. We were doubled in hearts and went down. 2nd time decided to bid 1 spade and made. Underplayed in clubs kept king to 3rd play.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 1
    P P P

  73. Profile photo of noelguy noelguy says:

    800 the easy way
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 2
    P P X XX
    3 P P X
    P P P

  74. Profile photo of caramelj caramelj says:

    We got to 2H and then East doubled ?? and they ended up in 3 C. They went down by 3 though.

  75. Profile photo of floridaguy96 floridaguy96 says:

    Played in 3 heart….after they bid 3 clubs…..made 9 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P P 1 X
    P 1 1 2
    P P X P
    3 P P 3
    P P P

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