If you are new to bidding or to Acol bidding then start with the page ‘assessing the hand’.
For the rest of you -
Oh for the good old days when, once you or your partner had opened, the opposition politely allowed you to develop the auction and so reach your optimum contract.
I don’t actually remember such times, and I am not totally convinced that they ever existed.
It is however certain that competitive bidding has become much more aggressive and widespread in more recent times. You have no choice -
However, these changes have not been uniform across the bridge-
Partly because of this many partnerships approaching an intermediate standard are hugely under-
Their methods frequently steal ‘a bit from here and a bit from there’ leaving a mish-
Even if they have an agreement on the basic strength of an overcall or a double what happens next tends to be an extremely random matter.
Any aspiring partnership should put considerable thought into this part of their game. The starting point is to have a clear understanding of the possible hands which might fit a particular overcall after which it will be possible to look at the possible continuations.
In the following pages I will suggest the sort of agreements which you might have regarding the overcall.
Do not feel tied by my choices -
After that follow the links on the left for a consideration of the possibilities as they apply to the opponents’ specific opening bids.
Beginner and above
This page last revised 28th June 2017
M J Bridge
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