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Overcaller’s first bid


Alternative way of using the additional bid might be:-


to show a good raise with greater length in support;


to show a good raise with some specific honour holding in partner’s suit;


or to show a good raise with some specific holding in the opponents’ suit.


There is, though, a drawback with this method and that is that you might not get to show the nature of the hand in the face of further competition from the opposition - there is much to be said for getting the hand off your chest at the first opportunity while you still can.


I like the good-bad 2NT, but in my opinion, for the reason just given, it is probably best reserved for non-support hands.


You will, then, need to show your various support hands in other ways, either with a simple 2NT support bid or by way of jumps in the opponents’ suit, alongside the unassuming cue-bid and the direct raise.


Evaluation


I like the good-bad 2NT with its capability of introducing a new suit in a non-competitive manner, though it will seem a complication beyond the necessary for many of us.


However I have doubts about attempting to harness it as an additional support bid.


Various ways in which this bid might be combined with your other choices are linked from ‘intermediate and beyond’.

Post intermediate and above

T 9 5 3

6 5

A Q 3

K 9 7 3

Bid 2NT.

Partner will bid 3 and you will rebid 3.

With the agreement above this sequence shows three-card support (facing the two-level overcall) together with 8 or 9 points.

LHO

Pard

RHO

You

1

2

2

?









T 9 5 3

6 5

Q J 3

9 7 4 3

Bid 3 showing a weak three-card raise.

LHO

Pard

RHO

You

1

2

2

?









T 9 5 3

A K 7 3

Q J 3

6 5

Bid 3 showing a good raise with 10 or more points.

LHO

Pard

RHO

You

1

2

2

?









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