Tuesday, May 02, 2006

FREEWILL overcalls

This is a 2-suited overcall system, which can bid all hands with at least 4-4 in the suits opener didn't show. All you need is two 'decent 4-card suits' ('decent' = QTxx, Kxxx, xxxxx or better)

The advantages are clear: 2 suits are known, partner can preempt like hell, and you can intervene a lot more than the usual systems. The overcalls are natural, to put maximum pressure on opponents.
Ofcourse there are also some disadvantages. The structure needs a powerdouble, and sometimes, when it's not our hand, you tell opps a lot about your hand!

General principles:
1m-2m shows 44+M
1M-2M shows 3-suited with short M
1X-1NT shows 44+ in the lowest unbid suits
1M-2m shows 44+OM-m

1-?
Dbl = powerdouble, 15+HCP any
1 = 5+
1 = 5+
1 = 44+-
1NT = 44+-
2 = 44+-
2 = normal overcall, (5)6+ card suit
2M = weak, 6+M
2NT = weak, 55+-

1-?
Dbl = powerdouble, 15+HCP any
1M = 5+M
1NT = 44+-
2 = 44+ -
2 = 44+-
2M = weak, 6+M
2NT = weak, 55+-
3 = constructive overcall, 6+ card suit

1-?
Dbl = powerdouble, 15+HCP any
1 = 5+
1NT = 44+-
2 = 44+ -
2 = 44+-
2 = 3-suited with short
2 = weak, 6+
2NT = weak, 55+-
3m = constructive m overcall, 6+ card suit

1-?
Dbl = powerdouble, 15+HCP any
1NT = 44+-
2 = 44+ -
2 = 44+-
2 = normal overcall, (5)6+ card suit
2 = 3-suited with short
2NT = weak, 55+-
3m = constructive m overcall, 6+ card suit

Over the powerdoubles we use Fantunes-style negatives followed by Gazzilli 2 relay to show 19+HCP (or 15-18HCP with ).

1 comment:

Doc said...

As a Fantunes fanatic I like the sound of these. Just a couple of questions:-
[1] after a power dble are 2-level responses GF?
[2] how do you continue after with (1S) x (p) 1N
[3] I only play teams bridge, what shape requirements do you have for 2-suited bids at 'red'?

Love the ideas!