#9 East West Vulnerable
East   South   West   North
  1          ?
 
South
♠ A K Q 10 9 4
54
 6
♣ 5 4 3 2
 
As South, you have a maximum Weak Jump Overcall, another way of saying you have a maximum Weak Opening Bid. The difference between opening one of a suit and preempting is the total HCP. With less than 10 HCP, preempt. With 10+ HCP, open one of a suit.
 
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2 thoughts

  1. Donna, thank you for these informative hands to help hone our bidding judgment.

    In What’s Your Bid? 4-9, South could overcall 1 spade, 2 spades, or even 3 spades (great 6 card suit, side 4-card suit, and Not Vul. v. Vul). What factors would an expert consider in deciding between these three overcalls?

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  2. Hi Mike,

    First, the difference between making a simple overcall and making a preemptive overcall (either at the 2, 3, or 4 level) is the number of HCPs. If less than 10 HCP, then make a preemptive bid (jump!), if 10 or more HCPs up to 16 HCPs, then make a simple overcall (no jump!). With 17 or more HCPs, then double and originate your suit.

    With the hand in this example, I would just to 3S to show either a seven-card suit or an independent six-card suit (4 of the top 6 honors) and a side four-card suit. The side suit does not have to have any honors as in the example above.

    Great questions! Keep them coming…

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