Duplicate Bridge results and tip: Useful conventions worth learning, part twenty-five



By Peter Rhead


There are some competitive conventions used by the second bidder that you may find useful. Last week we talked about the “Takeout Double”. This week will be the “Overcall”.

The opponents have opened the bidding but you have values and a good suit in your hand. Your suit is at least a five-card major or six-card minor. Your suit has two of the top three honours or three of the top five honours. You can “Overcall” in your suit with only eight points at the one level and 11 points at the two level. Partner will know that your Overcall may have less than an opening and judge himself accordingly.

You make an Overcall for three reasons. You want to compete for a part-score or game. You want to suggest a possible lead for partner. You want to obstruct the opponent’s bidding.

Now, how do you respond to your partner’s Overcall? Knowing that partner may have only about 10 points, you must be careful unless you have a smashing hand. With 15 points or more you may invite by jumping in your suit or possibly go direct to game. If you jump in your suit, your Overcall partner then forces to game with 10 points or more. Overcall partner passes with less and settles for a part-score.

An Overcall is made only below game level. An Overcall is made only when partner has not yet bid. An Overcall is made only immediately after the opponent’s opening, or after two Passes.

For more information, read “Overcalls” in Barbara Seagram 25 Ways to Compete in the Bidding, page 11

Next Week: Overcalls That Show Two Suits: When and How to Use Them.

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In the multi-purpose room 2nd floor (elevator) (back entrance of Summit Centre)

Just come – with or without a partner. Please arrive 10 minutes before game time. For information, contact Donna or Peter Tikuisis at 647 471 1774 or [email protected].

This game will be played following Chicago Rules (allowing both fast and slow games). You will keep your same partner for the entire evening. Cost is $1.50 per person. Parking is outside the North Entrance opposite Heritage Village Railway Station.


Games for the Port Carling Social Bridge Club for the Winter are Monday afternoon 1pm at the Port Carling Community Centre, 3 Bailey Street. Please arrive with your partner at least 10 minutes before game time.

For information, contact Andree or Scott 705-764-3827 [email protected]

Results for Monday, Nov.25, 2019 1. Els Vandenberg & Peter Rhead 4420 points; 2. Enid Powell & Kathy Haller 3440 points; 3. Karen Atkin and Mary Jane Rogers 3180 points


Games are Tuesday 7pm Trinity United Church 33 Main Street. Please arrive with your partner at least 10 minutes before game time. For partnerships and information call Jan Roberts 705 635-2522 or email [email protected]

The following winners are for Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 with 7 pairs playing a Howell Movement 1. Betty Fagin and Gail Lederer; 2/3. Susan Marshall and Jan Roberts; 2/3. Joanne Garvey and Don Evans


Games for the Bracebridge Club are Mondays 7pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Taylor Road. Please arrive with your partner 10 minutes before game time. For information contact Brian at 705-645-5340 [email protected]

The following winners are from Monday, Nov 25, 2019 with 11 pairs playing a Howell movement. 1. Mary Luke and Donna McIntosh; 2. Lyn Walisser and Bev Howard; 3. Liz Barnes and David Bryce; 4. Carol Anne Robinson and Nancy Barber; 5. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst; 6. Art Insley and Don Evans

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