Linda Lee — My personal bridge blog

So do you think I bid too much?

Francine and I had a good result in a team game today.  I looked at the hands and thought about some of my bidding choices.  See what you think.  With nobody vulnerable Francine opened 1 in second chair.  South doubled and I found a pass.  North bid 2, Francine bid 2 South bid 2 and it was my turn.






I didn’t have much bordering on nothing at all but I did have a diamond fit.  So I raised.  North bid 3 and this was passed out.  This was a pickup when our partners reached game except my hand didn’t squeak out a diamond raise.  Still that really had nothing to do with it.  I am willing to hear constructive crticism here.  The raise does look a bit feeble to me now.

Dealer: North

Vul: None





















Then later on:






I was in fourth chair vulnerable against not.  South open 1 in third and yes, I overcalled 2.  I know this will not be a favorite with some of you.  At the other table my hand passed.  I found Francine with not much but a heart fit.  This seemed to have the effect of pushing the opponents to a poor spade game which went 2 down.  At the other table my hand passed and the auction continued with 1NT by North and 2 by South.  Now you really can’t bid and that ended the auction.  I know that on some occasions you can go for a number by bidding but that doesn’t happen all the often.  More constructive criticism?






Now you tell me would you really pass out 1 on this hand (as happened at the other table).  Everybody vul it was easy for me when South opened 1 in third.  I think most people would bid 2 as I did and end up in a club partial.  But I would have bid at the other table too.  Here South opened 1, West passed and North bid 1.  South bid 1.  I am in there with 2 now.    Our opponents just passed out 1.

The last board was naughty too.  I held






I opened 1 in first at favorable vulnerability and North overcalled 1. Francine bid 1 and I was contemplating bidding 1NT when South beat me to it. I just decided that I didn’t want them to play 1NT and the vulnerability was good so I bid 2. I admit my clubs should be better, much better. Anyway North bid 2NT and I sold to that. Down 2 for plus 200 was a small pickup.


Jeff SmithApril 7th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Overbidders anonyms has a 12 step program you should look into. Step one is of course admitting you have a problem, this blog is a good 1st step 🙂

I have a couple rules I cling to in my old age, I never make 2 level overcalls with 5 card suits, I never rebid a minor with only 5 (especially not freely).

The next generation might disagree…

Jeff LehmanApril 7th, 2011 at 2:56 pm


I think some editing glitches sneaked into the first hand and the fuller tableau following: might you want to correct?

As far as the other hands, for whatever my thoughts are worth, I would have bid on the AKT-sixth club hand, passed the 2H overcall vul, and passed RHO’s 1NT intervention on the last hand.

Howard Bigot-JohnsonApril 8th, 2011 at 8:19 am

HBJ commenting : Since your partner has announced a two suiter, of which you have excellent support in one…..the opponents look to have a double fit themselves in suits you can only offer 1 defensive trick. I wouldn’t risk pushing them up and just let them make an easy part score.

On the next hand I never like to overcall at the two level on what is a less than robust suit, but more so when I hold 4 ( with two defensive tricks ) in their first bid suit. Give partner 3 small spades and no hearts you could be in real trouble if 2 hearts is doubled. I know lurking can be costly, but partner is still there to protect if 2 passes come round to her.

Yes, 2C every time with a chunky 6 carder like that. Certainly gives partner an excellent chance to make an initial lead to get the defence off to a good start.

Again I would pass 1NT which should alert partner to only having a weak hand, no spades and a suit not strong enough to rebid. With 3 clubs to an honour and 8+ points I would expect partner

to take some action in the pass out seat.

But who am I to argue against success !

Peter GillApril 9th, 2011 at 6:05 am

I like all four of your bids. The 2C bid on the last hand would be more clearcut at nil vul (less chance of plus 200 or 300), but bidding does solve your nasty opening lead problem.

Linda LeeApril 9th, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Thank you Peter. if you ever want to play together let me know!

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