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Answer #62

Three possible hands are given for South but only one is consistent with bidding. Which one? What should the other hands have bid? Neither side is vulnerable

North   East   South   West
1  NT

Hand a)
♠ 2
Q 9 5 3 2
♦ A 9 6 3
J 6 3
Hand b)
♠ 2
K J 8 4
A J 8 7 2
K 3 2
Hand c)
♠ J 7 2
A 5 3
K 8 5 2
J 3 2

(b) is correct.
  • The general rule of thumb for responding notrumps to partner’s overcall is to bid one level lower than facing an opener. So if you’ve got a misfitting hand (fewer than three cards in partner’s overcall), pass with up to about nine pts, bid 1NT with about 10-12, jump to 2NT with about 13-15 and jump to 3NT with 16 or more; roughly – it’s not an exact science and it depends also upon the quality of your intermediates, the nature of your stopper in the opposing suit and the vulnerability (vulnerable, partner will be up to strength for his overcall and you can jump in notrumps more freely).
  • All of which means B is correct
  • You should pass 1 with A 
  • and raise to 2 with C, knowing of the eight-card spade fit.

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