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winners Malgosia/Chuck 64% N-S winners Hans/Bob 65%
2nd Joe/Martin 61% E-W winners Chuck/Terry 69%
♠ A9 ♠ Q10543 2♥ 2♠
♠ J ♠ KQ102 1♥ 1♠
2♣ = both majors (9+ cards)
2♦ = a single suited hand (6+ cards, could be any of the 4 suits, but usually a major)
2♥ = 5 ♥’s + a minor suit
2♠ = 5 ♠’s + a minor suit
2NT = both minors (at least 5-5)
dbl = penalties (15+ pts).
Over 2♣, responder bids his best major or 2♦ if he is equal length. This is the big advantage over Cappellitti - when responder is equal length the overcaller can bid his longer major, with Cappelletti it is a lottery as responder must choose a major. Obviously when responder has one major longer than the other, he bids the longer.
2♦ is usually a major suit. If you have a decent minor suit, it will often pay to defend 1NT – especially if you are on lead with a suit that is good to lead from. Also, if your suit is a minor, then you have to play at the 3 level so it is usually best to defend. Thus this 2♦ is usually (but not always) a major suit. Responder bids using the same philosophy as with a multi 2♦ opening, ie :-
responder normally bids 2♥, but bids 2♠ if he is prepared to go to 3♥ or more opposite a ♥ suit. Bear in mind that overcaller is limited to 14 high card points (with more, he would have doubled). Of course, nothing is lost on the odd occasion where overcaller has a long minor (you will always be at the 3 level).
Over a 2♥/♠ opening, responder either passes or bids 2NT which asks over-caller to bid his minor.
2NT should be corrected to best minor.
dbl should be passed unless partner of the doubler has a very weak hand (4- points), in which case he should attempt to bail out by bidding a 5 card suit. With a very flat weak hand, it is usually best to pass; partner may just have 1NT set in his own hand, and even if 1NT doubled makes it is usually not a disaster (it is not a game contract).