M J Bridge
Opponents opened 1NT
The partnership methods and/or overcaller’s judgement may differ when facing weak and strong no trump opening bids.
Such matters were discussed in the section on overcaller’s first bid.
All that matters at this point is to recognize the method and the style which applies in the present situation, and then to respond honestly according to the partnership agreement.
On the following pages I shall first consider your actions when partner makes a strong double. Such a bid is part of any natural method and is also included in a number of conventional methods -
I shall also look briefly at your options facing a natural suit overcall.
Following that I shall look in turn at the standard continuations if your agreed method is one of the conventional options discussed earlier.
Your actions will, of course, be affected by continuing enemy action.
How you deal with such interference will be considered within the context of each convention, but there is a consideration which you might not find mentioned anywhere else, mainly because most bridge writers play only in clubs and tournaments in which all their opponents know what they’re doing!
It goes without saying that your decisions, if not your methods, will be affected by the strength shown by RHO’s bid, and here we hit a difficulty.
Lebensohl in one of its various manifestations is the most common of such agreements. Typically a bid by responder at the two-
Your problem will come against those opponents who do not have a clear agreement about whether responder’s bid is competitive or constructive -
Incidentally, this might suggest an argument for adopting a style in which your bid as responder promises a holding in the suit but says nothing else about the strength of the hand -
I shall continue to recommend that your agreements as the opening side are of the ‘clearly defined’ variety.
Beginner and above
|Overcaller's rebid and beyond|
|Responder's rebid and beyond|
|The continuing auction|