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When available, an overcall by you at the level of two may prove irksome to your opponents, and it is the indicated procedure where you have a good suit. Do not be influenced so much by the number of high cards you hold as by the texture of your trump suit.
When your right-hand opponent opens with one of a suit, an overcall of one no trump means exactly what it says: that you are prepared to play the hand at no trump and that you would have chosen that call had you been the opener. You must therefore have values in at least three suits and a sound stopper in the suit adversely bid. Your point count should be between 16 and 18.
THE TAKEOUT DOUBLE
This is one of the most valuable weapons in the bridge player's armory and, curiously enough, the most widely abused. It is the most common way to announce strength when an adversary has opened the bidding, and it announces that the doubler has a hand which he presumes to be at least as strong as that held by the opening bidder.
The takeout doubler should constantly bear in mind that he has forced his partner to bid and so he should be prepared to furnish his partner with a suitable dummy. Raises should be given sparingly until it is ascertained that partner has some concrete values.
WHAT DEFENSIVE BID WOULD YOU MAKE ON EACH OF THESE HANDS?
1 As South you hold:
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