Overcalls

with Tina McVeigh

In this lesson, we learn about overcalls, when an opponent decides to bid after an opponent has bid.

Watch the video to learn the three objectives to overcalls:

After you watch the video, go ahead and try playing these lesson hands. Hints will guide you through the auctions.

Beginners' Course Acol - Overcalls in Bridge

Overcalls:

  1. Good 5+ card suit
  2. Two honours in the suit
  3. 1NT = 16-18 HCP & good cards in the opponent's suit

Review what you've learned by answering the questions below.

Question 1: Your right hand opponent opens 1. What do you do?

♠AQT62 52 A65 ♣642

Pass
1♠
1♠ - You have a good 5-card suit.

Question 2: Your right hand opponent opens 1. What do you do?

♠J9542 5 A654 ♣AQ2

Pass
1♠
Pass - Your spade suit is not good enough.

Question 3: Right hand opponent opens 1.

♠K853 Q72 AQ9 ♣AJ5

Pass
1♠
1NT
3NT
Bid 1NT - You have between 15-18 HCP and honours in the opponents' suit.

Question 4: Right hand opponent opens 1.

♠KJ543 AQ9 T94 ♣Q7

Pass
1♠
1NT
3NT
1♠ - you have a good 5-card suit.

Question 5: Right hand opponent opens 1.

♠AK942 AQ932 T ♣Q2

Pass
1♠
1NT
3NT
Bid 1♠ - the higher of your good 5-card suits.

Question 6: Right hand opponent opens 1.

♠AK94 KJ83 QJ4 ♣K5

Pass
1♠
1NT
1
Bid 1NT - 16-18 HCP and honour cards in your opponent's suit.

Question 7: Right hand opponent opens 1.

♠K9 K983 KJ3 ♣Q985

Pass
1♠
1NT
1
Pass - You are not strong enough to bid 1NT. Frustrating but you must pass!

How did you do? Overcalls are a really exciting part of the game because they mark the start of a competitive auction. Leave a comment with any questions.

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