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This Week in Bridge looks at overcalls in short articles suitable for club and congress level players. Try these for some good ideas, reinforcement or just a point of reflection:

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The American Contract Bridge League provides a weekly bidding challenge. With both sides vulnerable with IMPs (teams) scoring what do you bid as South with 

S KQ764
H T8
D Q62
C T85

after this bidding:

           P    P
P    1D    2C   ?

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On pages 6-8 of the Trumps Bridge Centre's June quarter 2018 newsletter to their members, Derrick has included a great three page article on bidding (and overcalling) preempts in the modern style.

He discusses how trends have changed and the merits of various guidelines for determining whether and at what level to bid.

Decisions remain one for each player or partnership but this short article would repay close reading.


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This Week in Bridge is looking at modern bidding tools for responder and/or advancer to continue the bidding after partner has bid in short articles suitable for club and congress level players.Try these for some good ideas:

  • "New Minor Forcing fundamentals" - useful 5 page coverage of one of responder's important tools on the second round of the bidding (along with 4th Suit Forcing) for finding out more about opener's hand - a different version of the "2C/3C checkback" often played at our club.
  • "Preempt Keycard" - useful 3 page coverage of an advanced responder tool for exploring slam after partner opens the bidding with a 2-level or 3-level preempt.
  • "Meckstroth Advances" - 3 page coverage of an advanced approach for advancer to use to show a range of hands after partner has made a Michael's Cue-bid over the opponent's 1 major opening.
  • "Modern Lebensohl or Modern Transfer Lebensohl" - a good 3 page article for advanced partnerships looking to improve their Lebensohl convention
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Start with accepting that trying to improve your bidding is not easy - and continually humbling. Add in that it is really best done in conjunction with your regular partners so that you can discover the subtle differences in the way you see bidding situations. And clearly the specifics will depend on what overall bidding system you choose. But having noted these cautions, where can you do to improve your bidding judgment?

Maybe try:

  1. The weekly ACBL "Its your call" Bidding Challenge - either go to its ACBL source or participate in the discussion on our club Facebook group
  2. Peruse the This Week in Bridge extensive notes on bidding options, covering the what and why of a huge number of common and less common bidding conventions and approaches broken down by level - see a sample on our site or go to the source - note it is an American site and defaults to a 2/1 system
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This Week in Bridge is looking at No Trump bidding this month in short articles suitable for club and congress level players.Try these for some good ideas:

Bidding problem hand

Some of us are unfortunate enough to know we make bridge mistakes and to think we can improve. The American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) has us in its sights with its weekly tough bidding question. 

How would you bid this one (imaged left) from the week before christmas?



The hand

This is not a happy tale. It started off innocently enough with North opening 1D, my passing as East, and South bidding 1H. Then my partner West opened 1S and I got excited and things went downhill...

North bid 2D, and I counted my losers coming to 8. I was not sure whether to bid 3S or 4S on my massive fit and diamond void, so I temporized and bid 3S, telling myself that when I later bid 4S it might stop the opponents from doubling or continuing to bid.

After 3S, South bid 4H which was passed around to me, and sure enough I bid my 4S - not taking into account South's confidence in bidding game without any sign of a fit from partner.

So was South intimidated enough to pass and leave 4S undoubled?