While you are
interested in only one suit, no overcall in hearts will adequately describe
your hand. An overcall of one heart is apt to be passed out, while a jump bid
of two hearts is now employed as a preemptive measure. After partner responds
to the double, you will bid your hearts.
5 HEARTS—5 PTS. 3 HEARTS—4 PTS. 4 HEARTS—3 PTS. 4 NO TRUMP—1 PT.
This hand stands
a good chance of producing five or six tricks and consequently is on the verge
of a slam. You indicate such a holding by a big jump in hearts. Our own
preference is for five hearts. However, the situation may be handled by first
responding with three hearts, intending to leap beyond game on the next round.
As a gentle reminder, partner has promised a high-card holding of 22 to 24.
6 HEARTS—5 PTS. 4 NO TRUMP—4 PTS. 5 HEARTS—2 PTS.
There is no
scientific way to handle this situation. It's simply incumbent on you to
exercise your sporting blood. Try six hearts. You surely have 12 tricks if the
defense docs not cash two diamond tricks at once. There is a reasonable chance
that diamonds will not be led; if they are, there remains the hope that partner
has a singleton.
DOUBLE 5—PTS. 2 NO TRUMP—2 PTS. 2 SPADES—1 PT.
fellow, is in dire straits. North has at least 16 points. East presumably 16,
and you have seven. A penalty double is money in the bank.
3 SPADES—5 PTS. 6 DIAMONDS—3 PTS. 4 CLUBS OR 4 DIAMONDS—1 PT.
There is no
doubt in your mind that you can make six diamonds, but even a partner who has
denied strength may hold the king of spades. It is suggested you look for that
card by bidding three spades—an obvious cue bid. If partner holds the king it
will be his duty to bid four spades, in which case you can undertake a grand
6 NO TRUMP—5 PTS. 5 NO TRUMP—4 PTS. 4 NO TRUMP—3 PTS. 5 HEARTS—2 PTS.