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Bidding Quiz†††††††††††††† †††† Standard American bidding is assumed unless otherwise stated.

 

Hand A†††††††††† Hand B†††††††††† With Hand A LHO opens a Multi 2 and RHO bids 2

(showing a willingness to compete to 3 or more if partner

A10††††††††††††† AJ82†††††††††††† has a weak hand). What do you bid?

A875††††††††††† AK42††††††††

J4††††††††††††††††† J86 ††††††††††††††With Hand B RHO opens 1 and you double. Partner responds

AQ754†††††††† J8†††††††††††††††† 1, what do you do?

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Hand C†††††††††† Hand D†††††††††† With Hand C partner opens 1 and RHO doubles, what

do you bid?

8†††††††††††††††††† QJ

K52††††††††††††† 642†††††††††††††† With Hand D RHO opens a Multi 2 and LHO bids 2

KQ1065†††††† AQ73†††††††††† (showing values in ís). Partner doubles and RHO passes.

KJ97††††††††††† K1082†††††††† What do you do?Ė think about it, itís a tricky one.††††

 

Hand E††††††††††† Hand F††††††††††† With Hand E you open 1, LHO bids 1 and partner bids 1.

What do you bid?

J10†††††††††††††† K64††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††

AJ108††††††††† 7653†††††††††††† With Hand F LHO opens 1 and partner doubles.

A8††††††††††††††† Q52††††††††††††† (a)What do you bid?††††

AK762†††††††† KQ10††††††††† (b)Suppose you choose 1 and partner raises to 2, what now?

 

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††

Bidding Sequence Quiz

 

G†††† 1†† 1††† 1NT†† 2†††††††††††††

††††††† 2††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Is 2 competitive or forcing?

H†††† 1†† dbl†† 1††††††††††††††††††††††† Is 1 forcing?

J††††† 1††† dbl†† 2†††††††††††††††††††††† Is 2 forcing?

K†††† 1†† 1††† 1†††††††††††††††††††††††How many points does 1 promise? Without the overcall itís generally 6+, does the overcall affect things?

     

The Infamous Multi†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 11 from Monday 8th

 

The Multi often causes confusion for one side or the other, here both defenders got it wrong.

 

Dealer:†††††††††††† 842†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(D)†††† North†††††††† East(A)††† South

South†††††††††††††† KJ109††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††† 2††† (1)

Love all††††††††††† 10652†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††pass†††† ††††† 2††† (2)††††† dbl†† (3)††† pass (4)

††††††††††††††††††††††† J6†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3††† (5)†††††all pass††††††††††††††

QJ††††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† A10††††††††††††††† †††††

642†††††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† A875††††††††††††† (1)The Multi 2

AQ73†††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† J4†††††††††††††††††††(2)Showing a willingness to play in 3 or more

K1082†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AQ754†††††††††† ††††† if partner has a weak hand

††††††††††††††††††††††† K97653††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† (3)What did you bid with this East hand A in this

Q3††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† weekís quiz? East does not know exactly

K98††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† whatís going on, but North has shown at least

93††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††† three decent ís and South probably has a weak hand. With a stopper in both majors I would bid 2NT with 3 an alternative.

(4)   Confirming a weak hand.

(5)   What did you bid with this West hand D in this weekís quiz? This West just decided to bid his best suit, but with 12 points opposite a double at the two level you have to make an effort and 3 (asking for a stop) is my choice.

.

And what happened? 3 went -2 for the N-S top, two E-Wís played in partscores and just one East played in 3NT making for the E-W top.

The bottom lines: -

-         Even if you donít play the Multi you need to understand it as you will need to defend against it quite a bit at our club.

-         Donít make a take-out double if one of the unbid suits is Jx.

-         It is unclear whether dbl at (3) is for the minors as LHO probably has ís and RHO has shown values in ís. If not for the minors then itís very unclear what it is, probably just values. This particular sequence (2 - 2) makes it difficult for the defence.

-         If you have a NoTrump overcall, donít double.

-         If you have 12 points and partner doubles then you have to make an effort (cue bid or jump).

 

 


Donít ask about a short †††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 23 from Wednesday 10th

 

If you play a short (can be two cards) then you should either pre-alert by telling the opponents that you play it, or else alert when partner opens 1. Provided that the opponents have done one of the above then YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ASK IF 1 WAS SHORT DURING THE AUCTION. This passes unauthorised information to partner that you probably have good clubs! This happened twice on Monday.

 

Dealer:†††††††††††† K98††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

West††††††††††††††† Q97††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††† North†††††††† East††††††† South

Love all††††††††††† KQ†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††1†† (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 1NT†††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† K9765†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† pass†††† ††††† 2†† (2)††††† pass ††††††† 2††† (3)

pass†††††††††† pass ††††††††† 2NT (4)††† all pass

Q753††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† 1062†††††††††††††† †††††

A1086††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† K53††††††††††††††† †††† Table B

A9††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† 643††††††††††††††††††††††West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

Q103†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ42††††††††††††† ††††† 1†† (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 1NT†††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† AJ4†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† †††† pass†††††††††† 2†† (2)††††† dbl†† (5)††† pass (6)

J42†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† pass†††††††††† pass

J108752†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

8††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††† †††††

 

Table A:†††† (1)Could be short, the opposition had previously been told.

(2)   At this point North asked ĎCould the 1 opening be short?í and upon receiving an affirmative reply he bid 2. This, in my opinion, is unethical and it is also against the club rules.

(3)   There was no problem as South bid 2 anyway.

(4)   A strange bid that turned out OK (N-S can make 9 tricks in ís)

Table B:†††† (1)This E-W pair had also pre-alerted that they play a short club.

(2)   But this North also felt compelled to ask about the 1 opening before bidding 2.

(5)   This East had had enough of the nonsense and doubled.

(6)   South should bid 2.

 

And what happened? 2NT went -1 for about average, 2* went -2 for a bottom to North.

The bottom lines: -

-         Do NOT ask about a 1 opening if it was alerted or if you have previously been told that the opponents play a short . This conveys unauthorizedinformation (that you probably have something decent in ís) to partner and you may get penalized.

 

 

Daveís Column†† Here is this weekís Dave input involving the play of the hand.

 

North†††††††††††††† South†††††††††††††† You are South, declarer in 4. West leads the A and K,

QJ5††††††††††††† AK109†††††††† plan the play.†††

864†††††††††††††† 3††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

J109††††††††††††† A43†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

K987†††††††††† AQJ103†††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Daveís Column answer††††††††††††††† ††††† Board 3 from Wednesday 10th

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Dealer:†††††††††††† QJ5††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

South†††††††††††††† 864†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1

E-W vul†††††††††† J109††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 1††††††††††††† 2†† (1)††††† 3††† (2)††††† 3

††††††††††††††††††††††† K987†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† pass†††††††††† 4††† (3)††††† all pass

 

8643†††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† 72†††††††††††††††††† (1)This is tricky Ė North has values and

AK1092†††††††† W††† E††††††††† QJ75††††††††††††† †††† has to bid, but partner may have only

Q8††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† K7652††††††††††† †††††2 or 3 ís. So 1NT is a reasonable

52††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 64††††††††††††††††† †††† alternative despite the lack of a stop.

††††††††††††††††††††††† AK109†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† (2)Weak

3†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (3)Three card support Ė with 4 ís North

A43††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††† ††††† would probably negative double at (2).

AQJ103††††††††††††††††††††††

 

Anyway, West leads the A and K, plan the playIf it were Southís lead initially he could easily take the first ten tricks because he would be able to draw 4 rounds of trumps before running the ís.

However, with the continued plays (the best defence against a 4- trump fit is the forcing game) South must be careful.

If South ruffs in the long hand thus reducing himself to three trumps and the opposing trumps divide 4-2 (normal) the terminal complications set in.

In order to avoid ruffing in the long hand, South should discard ís on 2nd and 3rd round of ís. If the opponents persist with a 4th round of ís then the force can be avoided by ruffing in dummy. Whatever the opponents do at trick 4 declarer can win, draw 4 rounds of trumps and claim 10 tricks.

 

And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? 3NT+1 twice, 5= and 2+2. Quite how two pairs managed not to lead ís against 3NT is a mystery. The pair that stopped in 2 was after the auction 111NT2 2 pass pass(!). The 2 bid (sequence G) is a forcing reverse and passing it was appalling; declarer played along the lines given to make 10 tricks in ís but 4 would have got a poor score anyway because of the two silly 3NT contracts both making +1.

 

 

Daveís 2nd Column†† Here is Daveís second input involving the play of the hand.

 

West††††††††††††††† East††††††††††††††††† You are West, declarer in 3 after partner opened 1 in 4th

QJ1098††††††† A76††††††††††††† seat. North leads the A,K and a low which South ruffs.

QJ108††††††††† K95††††††††††††† South returns the Q which you win in dummy (North having

J52††††††††††††††† Q107†††††††††††encouraged). How do you play the ís?

8††††††††††††††††† A532


Daveís 2nd Column answer††††††††††††† Board 12 from Wednesday 10th

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Dealer:†††††††††††† 543†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††††† North†††††††† East††††††††††† South

east††††††††††††††††† 76†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1†††††††††††† pass

N-S vul††††††††††† AK943†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 1††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††† pass ††††††††† 3

††††††††††††††††††††††† K76†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 3††††††††††††† pass†††††††††† 3††††††††††††† all pass

 

QJ1098††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† A76††††††††††††††† Opening lead the A.

QJ108††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† K95††††††††††††††† South signals with the 8 (HELD) and North

J52†††††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††† Q107††††††††††††† continues with K, South playing the 6.

8††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A532††††††††††††† North continues with the 3 which South trumps.

††††††††††††††††††††††† K2††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††† ††††† At trick 4 South shifts to the Q which North

A432††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† encourages. Plan the play.

86†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††

QJ1094†††††††††††††††††††††††

 

You have lost three tricks and you must lose a . The problem revolves around ís and, of course, the normal play is to finesse. However, there are extenuating circumstances here.

Both North and South have passed originally (not true at the Pattaya bridge Club, but in the book South was dealer and the bidding started with three passes) and North has shown a 5 card suit headed by the AK. Furthermore, if Southís return of the Q and Northís encouraging signal are to be believed, North has the K along with the AK, he simply cannot also have the K if he was a passed hand.

You might lead a from hand in order to lead the Q, but when North plays low, play rise with the A Ė or simply play the A.

And what happened at the Pattaya Bridge Club? Unfortunately this problem was voided because the dealer was not the same as in the book and there were not three initial passes to the East hand. At our table North actually overcalled and so declarer certainly should finesse.

Anyway, results were 3=, 3-1, 2= and 2=.

The 3= is instructive. North led the A and South played the 8. But N-S were playing low to encourage and so North switched to a . Declarer won and finessed a to Southís K and South returned the 6 but North did not give him a ruff. Who is to blame?

 

Playing Inverted Attitude Signals.

 

Many experienced pairs play inverted attitude signals (low to encourage), but if you do so then when holding a doubleton and want a ruff you MUST encourage with a low card when partner leads the suit. More than one experienced player at the club has failed to understand this in the past. In the scenario above South was showing three ís when he played the 8 followed by the 6 when playing inverted attitude.

Do not confuse (inverted) attitude with giving count.

 


The Jordan 2NT†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 1 from Wednesday 10th

 

Players past the beginnerís stage should know what to do when partnerís 1-level opening is doubled. With 10+ points you usually redouble, but this often implies no fit for partner. So with a sound raise to 3 (or more) of partnerís suit, bid 2NT.

 

Dealer:†††††††††††† A52††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West††††††† North†††††††† East††††††† South(C)

North†††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1†††††††††††† dbl†††††††††† 2NT (1)

Love all††††††††††† 842†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† 3††† (2)††††† 5†† (3)††††† dbl†† (4)††† all pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† AQ108532††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

(1)What did you bid with this South hand C

QJ1096††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† K743††††††††††††† ††††† in this weekís quiz? 1 is possible but it

Q9764††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† AJ1083††††††††† ††††† lets the opponents in too cheaply and

97††††††††††††††††††††††S††††††††††††† AJ3†††††††††††††††† †††† conceals the support. Redouble then?

4††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 6††††††††††††††††††††††††† Itís 12 points but I donít like it as you

††††††††††††††††††††††† 8†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† ††††† cannot penalize either major. Any bid

K52††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† would be pre-emptive and the Jordan 2NT,

KQ1065†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† showing a sound raise to 3 or better, is

KJ97††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† easily the best bid.

(2)   With this shape, itís worth a bid. I would bid 3

(3)   Due to Southís great bid, North can confidently bid 5and make it difficult for East.

(4)   Unwise with just one trump.

 

And what happened? 5* made +1 for a near top (6*= by Sally of course, was the top), 5-2 and 5*-2.

The bottom lines: -

-†††† You need trumps for a penalty double.

-         You must have agreements about what you do when RHO doubles your partnerís opening.

-         I play that redouble (10+) generally shows a mis fit for partner and is looking for a penalty. With 10+ and a fit for partner I use the Jordan 2NT. Raises of partnerís suit to any level are pre-emptive. A new suit at the 1-level is forcing; a new suit at the 2-level is weakish.

-         This is all written up on the website > General Bridge Topics > When RHO doubles.

 

 

Inverted Jordan 2NT for the Minors

In the example above South used the standard Jordan bid of 2NT. But when partner has opened a minor suit and you have 10+ with support then NoTrumps is quite likely to be the final strain and itís usually better if opener is declarer. So playing Inverted Jordan for the Minors, the meanings of 2NT and 3 of the minor are interchanged: 2NT is a pre-emptive raise of the minor and 3 of the minor is a constructive raise.

Paul Quodomine mentioned this to me and it appears to be very sensible, but I do have one reservation. Jordan 2NT is forcing and defined as a limit raise (to three) or better. There would appear to be a problem if responder has more than a raise to three Ė he then has to redouble and follow up with a forcing bid, such as a cue bid and support later if the opponents bid. But the limit raise is much more frequent than the Ďor moreí and so this problem is not that common.

 


Understanding take-out doubles†††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 20 from Wednesday 10th

 

 

Dealer:†††††††††††† Q10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(F)†††† North†††††††† East(B)†††† South

West††††††††††††††† 1098†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††† 1†† (1)††††† dbl†† (2)††† pass (3)

Both vul††††††††††† A109††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††1††† (4)††††† pass†††††††††† 2††† (5)††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† A9743††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3††† (6)††††† pass†††††††††† 4††† (7)††† all pass

 

K64††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† AJ82†††††††††††††† †††††

7653†††††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† AK42††††††††††††

Q52††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† J86††††††††††††††††† ††††

KQ10††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J8††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††††††††††††††††† 9753†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††

QJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

K743†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

652

 

(1)   This North was presumably dazzled by all of those 10ís and 9ís when he decided to open.

(2)   Obviously a very reasonable double.

(3)   1 is an alternative

(4)   What did you bid with this West hand F(a) in this weekís quiz? This is quite close, with 9+ points you should normally make a jump response to partnerís double but this hand is totally flat (knock off a point) and the ís are miserable so 1is very reasonable. 2 is a very slight overbid in my opinion and 1NT is a reasonable alternative.†††††††††††

(5)   What did you bid with this East hand B in this weekís quiz? This is not at all close and pass is very clear. This is a fairly flat 14 points and you usually need 11 opposite to make game and partner has said that he is 0-8.

(6)   What did you bid with this West hand F(b) in this weekís quiz? Being totally maximum for the initial 1 response, I would bid 4 (or maybe 3NT) here. 3 shows about 7-8 points.

(7)   Very unwise. Bidding a hand three times that I would only bid once.

 

And what happened? 4 went -1 for a fully deserved zero. Everybody else stopped in 2 or 3.

The bottom lines: -

-         Understand the responses and follow up bids to partnerís double.

-         Itís all on the website: -

††††† Basic Bidding > #133 Responding to partnerís take-out double.

Basic Bidding > #134 Bidding again having doubled.

 


Bid what your handís worth†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Board 28 from Friday 12th††

 

Dealer:†††††††††††† AK82†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Table A

West††††††††††††††† 974†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† West(E)†††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

N-S vul††††††††††† QJ10765†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††1†††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 1††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† -†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2††† (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 2NT†††††††† pass

4††† (2)††††† pass†††††††††† pass (3)††† pass††††

J10†††††††††††††††††††† N†††††††††††† Q65††††††††††††††† †††††

AJ108††††††††††† W††† E††††††††† KQ32†††††††††††† †††† Table B

A8††††††††††††††††††††† S††††††††††††† K43†††††††††††††††††††††West(E)†††† North†††††††† East††††††††† South

AK762†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J84†††††††††††††††††††††† 1†††††††††††† 1††††††††††††† 1††††††††††† pass

††††††††††††††††††††††† 9743†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† †††† 3††† (1)††††† pass†††††††††† 4††††††††††† all pass

65†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††

92††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

8Q10953††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

Table A:†††† (1)What did you bid with this West hand E in this weekís quiz? I simply cannot understand this cue bid.

(2)   This now shows a huge hand. A direct jump to 4 at (1) would show about 19 points and is a bit of an overbid, so this jump to game now presumably shows considerably more.

(3)   Fortunately for West, East has a totally flat hand. Give him a couple of more points or a bit of shape and he should be off slamming.

Table B:†††† (1)Every other West bid the obvious 3 in answer to question E.

 

And what happened? Everybody bid to 4 and made the obvious 10 tricks.

The bottom lines: -

-         I understand that West at Table A bid as he did because he thought that partnerís ďfree bidĒ of 1 showed extra values. It does not, itís exactly the same as if there was no overcall except that partner will not respond with 4-5 points.

 


The Club Championships

Here are the latest standings in the club competitions:

 

 

Gold Cup = Best 30

Silver Plate = Best 10

Bronze Medal = Best 5

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

1831.8 Dave Cutler

1809.2 Sally Watson

1782.5 Ivy Schlageter

1779.3 Bob Pelletier

1714.7 Jan v Koss

 

661.8 Dave Cutler

661.1 Sally Watson

661.1 Jeremy Watson

658.3 Hans Vikman

642.7 Ivy Schlageter

642.0 Lars Gustafsson

634.3 Derek & Gerard

628.7 Lewis Berg

628.6 Bob Pelletier

619.6 Tomas Wikman

Ö

 

 

342.3 Dave Cutler

341.9 Hans Vikman

341.1 Jeremy Watson

341.1 Sally Watson

336.9 Lars Gustafsson

335.3 Ivy Schlageter

328.5 Derek & Gerard

327.4 Tomas Wikman

325.2 Lewis Berg 

320.5 Bob Pelletier

...


Bidding Quiz Answers

 

Hand A:†††† 2NT. LHO most likely has a weak hand and you have a stopper in both majors. 3 is a rather feeble alternative. Dbl is a poor bid as partner may well bid 3.

Hand B: †† Pass. Partner is 0-8 and there is no game.

Hand C: †† 2NT Ė The Jordan 2NT showing a sound raise to the three level or more of partnerís suit. Now there are obviously a lot of alternatives here, so letís look at them:

(a) redouble Ė I donít like this as I cannot penalize either major.

(b) 1 - I donít like this as itís too easy for the opps to find their major suit fit(s).

(c) 2/3 - This cannot be right as any raise is pre-emptive.

Hand D: †† 3, asking partner to bid 3NT with a stop. This must be asking as RHO is now marked with a weak hand (otherwise he would have bid at his 2nd turn). 3/ simply is not good enough with 12 points opposite partnerís double.

Hand E: †† 3, invitational. 4 is a bit of an overbid and anything else is way over the top.

Hand F: ††† (a)1, but itís very close. With 9+ points you should jump to 2 but the hand is totally flat with a miserable suit. 1NT is also reasonable.

(b)4. You were totally maximum for your first response and partnerís raise promises around 16 points.

 

 

Bidding Sequence Quiz Answers

 

 

G†††† 1†† 1††† 1NT†† 2††††††††††††† 2 is a forcing reverse.

††††††† 2†††

H†††† 1†† dbl†† 1††††††††††††††††††††††† After a double, a new suit at the one level is forcing.

J††††† 1††† dbl†† 2†††††††††††††††††††††† After a double, a new suit at the two level is non-forcing.

K†††† 1†† 1††† 1††††††††††††††††††††††† 1 is 6+, just as if there were no overcall.