Theory and Conventions


M J Bridge



Opponents open with a strong bid

For the purposes of this chapter I am taking a strong bid to be any opening bid which guarantees at least fifteen high card points.

Usually these bids will be at the two-level - either natural or artificial - or a strong club, but there are other variations.

Because they have opened with a ‘strong bid’ any immediate overcall will be ‘weak’ - i.e. less than opening values.

You may hesitate to overcall when the opposing bid is natural and strong, but do not totally discount the possibility.

However, should they choose an artificial route get your spanners ready.  This could well be the time to put one of them in the works.

Beginner and above