AUDREY GRANT'S BETTER BRIDGE MAGAZINE May / June 2020 - Page 8
POINT OF VIEW
A 8 7 4 3
6 5 3
Q 9 8
A 10 8 7 2
K Q 10 4
1NT – With no texture, I’m just
rebidding 1NT. If partner can’t make a
further move, I’ll settle for partscore. I’m
hoping partner has a long club suit to
rebid. I’ll then have a cheerful raise and
we may get to game that way.
Pass – I’m going to pass for now. The
opponents are vulnerable and may
get into trouble if I give them room.
Overcalling 1NT shows the correct
values with this hand, but I don’t think
it would necessarily produce the best
score for our side.
winner and many
3♣ – For me, partner has an unbalanced
opening hand, normally with five clubs,
so I’ll make a limit raise. I’m not keen to
bid notrump with no diamond stopper
and major suit holdings that would
make it better to play notrump from
1NT – I can’t pass. Partner could have
up to 18 points for the 1♠ rebid, just
shy of a jump shift. Even though I don’t
have a diamond stopper, we should have
enough to make 1NT. Partner’s 1♠
doesn’t necessarily show an unbalanced
hand when playing standard methods.
2♣ – I usually play partner’s 1♠ rebid
to imply an unbalanced hand. So, if
partner has shortness in either hearts or
diamonds, we probably don’t want to
play in 1NT. Maybe I should invite but,
without a large fit, maybe 2♣ is enough.
Pass – I’m happy to see the opponents
overreach at this vulnerability but,
at other vulnerabilities, I’d probably
overcall 1NT, where declaring is more
likely to be profitable than defending.
Pass – I would consider overcalling 1NT
if the vulnerability were different. Here,
I’ll hope the opponents get into trouble
and I may be able to double something
for penalty in the future. Even if I don’t
get to double, if they go down, it will be
100 points per undertrick.
1NT – Although pass is intriguing
since we might get +200 against 1♠,
overcalling 1NT seems practical and
reasonable. If I don’t bid 1NT now, I
may never get a chance to describe my
There are 10 high-card points plus 1
length point for the five-card heart
suit. That’s typically enough to make an
invitational rebid as responder, but only
one panelist showed invitational values.
The others downgraded the hand with
the lack of a diamond stopper and no
great fit, and made only a minimum
There are 15 high-card points plus 1
length point for the five-card spade suit.
Although the hand is only semi-balanced,
everyone agreed the hand is strong enough
to overcall 1NT. With the opponents being
vulnerable, however, most feel it may be
better to defend and hopefully defeat the
opponents’ contract one or more tricks.
6 Audrey Grant’s Better Bridge | May-June 2020