Social #19, Part 5, Takeout Doubles and Overcall Competitive Bridge Bidding

Welcome Bridge Friends!

In this whopping 2.5 hour show, we will look at new approaches to mastering the fundamentals of Bridge Overcalls and Takeout Double Bridge bidding including bids with a very good hand (18+ High Card Points) regardless of suit distribution.  After all, Bridge is a competitive game so when our Left Hand Opponent makes an opening bid with 12+ points, now may be our only chance to shoot in a call to either fight for a part score contract or perhaps find a game bid with your beloved partner!

So how many points do you need to make an overcall, anyway?
Does it matter if your opponent opened at the 1 level, or perhaps preemptively at the 2 or 3 level?
Does it matter if your honors are concentrated or distributed among the suits?

And what about Takeout Doubles – how many points do you need now?
Over to partner after our Takeout call, when do they make the cheapest bid, jump bid or go for game?
And finally, how many points do you need to first Double and then bid a new suit?  But why do that?

Upon completion of this lesson you will be ready to win more successful auctions, or perhaps push your opponents to bid into uncomfortable level and perhaps miss their contract – touche!

General Audience – Basics of Overcalls & competive bidding 19:30 minutes of video
Free, Premium, ULTRA, Part 2 Stepping it up with overcalls – 30:03 minutes of video

Premium & ULTRA Members click here to view Part 3 – Perfecting Overcalls – 26:26
Premium and Ultra Part 3b – Wrapping up Overcall bidding – 27:05 minutes of video
Premium and Ultra Part 4 – Our friend the Takeout Double – 48:23 minutes of video

Here at BridgeHands all of our Bridge hands are full of commentary (regardless of who is the declarer and defender) and analysis on hand evaluation, bidding and animated card play.   As always, our hand discussion offers a refreshingly rare glimpse of Bridge inside the minds of all four players at the table as play progresses, bid by bid, card by card.  Visitors are welcome to view the Part 1 series of our video lesson with nuances that will lead to quick and sound bidding without guesswork.  Those with the Free BridgeHands  membership may also watch Part 2 where we play more hands with provocative play tips and strategies, as well as way to improve skills by critiquing student players. As a Premium and ULTRA member, you are welcome to enjoy the entire five-part lesson segments with lots of hands, plus an opportunity to view future shows during your membership subscription period.   And as always, be sure to check out the hundreds of hours of videos in our archive that is growing by leaps and bounds, by clicking “Index to Videos” on the navigation above or simply click this link.

Bridge Teachers – you may download your personal copy of our copyrighted video lesson here:

Social Lesson 19 – Day 5, Part 1

Social Lesson 19 – Day 5, Part 2

Social Lesson 19 – Day 5, Part 3

Social Lesson 19 – Day 5, Part 3b

Social Lesson 19 – Day 5, Part 4

Happy Trails,

BridgeHands

Social #19, Part 4, Preemptive Bids, Relative Seat, RONF, Rule of 2-3-4

Aha, at last it’s time for some fun making sporty preemptive bids. That’s the good news, yet with great power come great responsibility. After all, Bridge *IS* a partnership game, right?

So having respectable values that properly convey our preemptive values, both hand shape and strength concentration becomes the prime directive to ensure you’re being a good partner. Okay – check (that’s a fine start).

But what about when one, two or three players are passed hands? When are the stars in the ideal position… or not so favorable, and why? And how about relative vulnerability, yours and your opponents? We’ll take a look at the “Rule of 2-3-4″ (actually more of a GUIDE, not a hard and fast Rule).

In this lesson we will also cover treatments when our partner raises our preempt, bids a new suit or makes a 2 Notrump call as well as our possible rebids. And finally, we will explore how and when to counteract the opponents preemptive bid and raise scenario.

In total, this 100+ minute lesson is chalk full of pithy discussions and scenarios along with lots of bidding and animated card play with stimulating commentary.

Ready, Aim, FIRE – on with the show…

Part 1 – Beginning with preemptive bidding basics & discipline – 35:42 minutes of video
Free, Premium, ULTRA, Part 2 on hand shape, honor placement & relative seat – 21:43 minutes of video

Premium and ULTRA Members click here to view Part 3 on Raise Only Non Forcing & Rule of 2-3-4 – 27:49 minutes of video
Premium and ULTRA Members click here to view Part 4 on upping preempts and how to counteractive opponents bid and raise – 18:16 minutes of video

And best yet, here at BridgeHands all of our Bridge hands are full of commentary (regardless of who is the declarer and defender) and analysis on hand evaluation, bidding and animated card play.   As always, our hand discussion offers a refreshingly rare glimpse of Bridge inside the minds of all four players at the table as play progresses, bid by bid, card by card.  Visitors are welcome to view the Part 1 series of our video lesson with nuances that will lead to quick and sound bidding without guesswork.  Those with the Free BridgeHands  membership may also watch Part 2 where we play more hands with provocative play tips and strategies, as well as way to improve skills by critiquing student players. As a Premium and ULTRA member, you are welcome to enjoy the entire four-part lesson segments with lots of hands, plus an opportunity to view future shows during your membership subscription period.   And as always, be sure to check out the hundreds of hours of videos in our archive that is growing by leaps and bounds, by clicking “Index to Videos” on the navigation above or simply click this link.

Bridge Teachers – you may download your personal copy of our copyrighted video lesson here:

Social Lesson 19 – Day 4, Part 1

Social Lesson 19 – Day 4, Part 2

Social Lesson 19 – Day 4, Part 3

Social Lesson 19 – Day 4, Part 4

Happy Trails,

BridgeHands

 

Social #18 – Forth Suit Forcing Bids, BridgeHands

Conventions – love them or hate them, there is a time, place and season for every Bridge bid.  So what about when you and partner do not seem to be able to find a suit fit?  Or when you as responder have game-going values and are stuck to find a rebid? Enter the world of the Fourth Suit Forcing rebid by our beloved responder.

So as unpassed hands, the auction typically begins with opener bidding a minor suit and responder following with 1 of a major suit.  Next opener either rebids a major or 2 of a lower ranking suit then their first bid:

1C – 1H;
1S – ?

1D – 1H;
2C – ?

1H – 1S;
2C – ?

1C – 1D;
1H – ?

In this 2 hour video lesson, in Part 1 we will start with the fundamentals of the who, what, when, where and why of Fourth Suit Forcing bids.  If you are already up to speed with with the need and basics of FSF (Fourth Suit Forcing) bids, why they are alertable by partner, etc, then feel free to start with Part 2 where we review various opener and responder hands and bidding scenarios.  And in Part 3 and Part 3b, the second hour of videos covers actual hands, situations when we should and should not use FSF calls.  But wait – there’s more as we play through a dozen hand variations covering common situations when we are playing in 3 Notrump, 4 of a major suit or even some slam hand!

Part 1 – Introduction to Fourth Suit Forcing bids – 27:30 minutes of video
Free, Premium and ULTRA Members click here to view Part 2 – 19:30 minutes of video

Premium and ULTRA Members click here to view Part 3 – 31:07 minutes of video
Premium and ULTRA Members click here to view Part 3b – 36:01 minutes of video

And best yet, here at BridgeHands all of our Bridge hands are full of commentary (regardless of who is the declarer and defender) and analysis on hand evaluation, bidding and play with over 2 hours of animated card play.   As always, our hand discussion offers a refreshingly rare glimpse of Bridge inside the minds of all four players at the table as play progresses, bid by bid, card by card.  Visitors are welcome to view the Part 1 series of our video lesson with several hands including critical decisions that will influence our card play.  Those with the Free BridgeHands  membership may also watch Part 2 where we review another three hands with provocative play tips and strategies to ensure you bring home the contract. As a Premium and ULTRA member, you are welcome to enjoy the entire five-part lesson segments with dozens of hands, plus an opportunity to view future shows during your membership subscription period.   And as always, be sure to check out the hundreds of hours of videos in our archive that is growing by leaps and bounds, by clicking “Index to Videos” on the navigation above or simply click this link.

Happy Trails,

BridgeHands

Social Lesson #17, Competitive Bidding – Overcalls & Preempts

Hello Bridge Friends!

Love it or hate it, competitive Bridge bidding is the spice of life at the table. So once we have a solid grasp on the basics of non-competitive auctions, it’s time for us to step-up and delve into both the exciting and darker side of Bridge bidding.

And how about you?  Once your Right Hand Opponents has opened the auction, in the second seat are you ready to overcall a wide variety of hands with various strengths and suit lengths?  How many points: 12+, 8-9,  or perhaps only 6-7 High Card Points at the 1 level?  Does vulnerability matter and how about your distribution of honors – do you need good working honors in your long suit?  And if not at the 1 level (1D, 1H or 1S), do you need better working honors if you overcall at the 2 level if making a non-jump bid?  So if it’s a preemptive jump bid, now maybe?    We welcome you to tune in to our first in a series of episodes on competitive overcall bids, starting off with suit overcalls in the second seat – be it at the 1, 2 or 3 level.

Part 1 – Introduction to Overcalls for all audiences – click here to view 18 minutes of video
Free, Premium and ULTRA Members click here to view Part 2 – 30 minutes of video

Premium and ULTRA Members click here to view Part 3 – 17 minutes of video
Premium and ULTRA Members click here to view Part 4 – 33 minutes of video
Premium and ULTRA Members click here to view Part 5 – 32 minutes of video

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