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 Standard - Overcalls in Bridge

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

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

♠AQT62 52 A65 ♣642

Pass
1♠
Bid 1♠

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

♠J9542 5 A654 ♣AQ2

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

Right hand opponent opens 1.

♠K853 Q72 AQ9 ♣AJ5

Pass
1♠
1NT
Double
Bid 1NT

Right hand opponent opens 1.

♠KJ54 AQ9 T94 ♣AQ7

Pass
1♠
1NT
Double
Don't bid 1NT. You have no stopper in the diamond suit. Double instead.

Right hand opponent opens 1.

♠AK942 AQ9 T94 ♣QJ2

Pass
1♠
1NT
Double
Bid 1♠

Right hand opponent opens 1.

♠AK94 KJ83 QJ4 ♣K5

Pass
1♠
1NT
Double
Bid 1NT

Right hand opponent opens 1.

♠K9 K983 KJ3 ♣Q985

Pass
1♠
1NT
Double
Pass. You are not strong enough to bid 1NT. You can't double either as you only have a doubleton spade. Frustrating but you must pass!

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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