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Bridge 0115

A mystery to the inexperienced

    When we begin bridge, we learn about immediate overcalls, those made after an opening bid on our right. We are told that a simple suit overcall promises at least a five-card suit and usually 10-plus points. A jump overcall in a suit is weak, showing a six-card suit and some 6-10 high-card points. A one-no-trump overcall is strong, made with between a good 15 points and a middling 18. And a jump to two no-trump is Unusual, indicating at least 5-5 in the two lowest-ranking unbid suits.

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