Social Lesson 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,


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