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I'm not at all sure what the prevailing agreement is by rubber players, but the Standard American Yellow Card is marked "RONF" (raise-only non-forcing), which I suggest you and your partner adopt. The SAYC booklet has this to say: “RONF” on the card means “Raise Only Non-Force.” A new-suit response is forcing one round and shows at least a five-card suit. ...


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Oye vey. It is too restrictive to expect lots of points and a 6 card suit. You want to use 2C for most hands with either 22+ high card points or 9 offensive tricks (generally 1 short of game). Two suited hands might be best handled with other systems. Generally 2C if you don't want partner to PASS. Responses: I can think of at least five different ...


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The short answer is that your supposition is correct. Just be sure to discuss it with your partner since you always want him to know what to expect. For more see Mike Lawrence's The Complete Book of Overcalls in Contract Bridge.


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I like to think that 1-level overcalls have three purposes, at least two of which should be fulfilled to justify the overcall: Showing values Directing the defense (ie showing a good suit you want partner to lead) Preempting the opponents So eg I'm happier to overcall 1S over 1C with a weaker hand than over 1H. 2-level overcalls are trickier. It is far ...


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There's no one correct answer for a situation like this. It's a judgement call. I would have passed, for two reasons. One is that the club overcall means my CK is less likely to be useful. The other is that I was understrength for 1NT to begin with. The hand counts to 15 HCP, but it's worth somewhat less due to the lack of aces and the unprotected SQ. This ...


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You have absolutely no business reopening this hand - the point of a 1NT opener is to make it so descriptive that partner is now Captain, and partner should be making a cooperative double when your side has the balance of the points. If he makes no move, neither do you. West definitely rescued you when he bid 2C with his balanced 23 count. You rescued him ...


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If you and your partner agree that this double is takeout (which is a normal agreement), this is the sort of hand that should make that call.


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Playing in North America, I have noticed two main approaches to responding to a convenient minor opening: Only respond with normal responding strength (usually given as 6 HCP). Respond with any hand that has an ace, a king, or shortness in the minor opened. The first is covered by many bidding books, so let us discuss the second. First of all, you must ...



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