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Pass, Overcall or Double?


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When deciding to come in over an opponent's opening bid, the general guideline is:

On the 1-Level:

Takeout Double = Opening bid strength (if <18, then at least 3 cards in each unbid suit)
Overcall in a suit = 5+ cards, 8+ HCP on 1 level  (better suit/strength if 2-level overcall)
Overcall of 1NT=15-18 Balanced, their suit stopped  

On the 2+ Level:
Takeout Double = A little more, the higher the level
Overcall in a suit = 5+ decent cards and opening-bid strength
2NT overcall = 15-18 Balanced, their suit stopped
3NT overcall = "Natural" -- wide range, wide number of possible hand types (their suit stopped)

With both sides vulnerable, RHO deals and opens 1♠. What is your call holding:

♠ AQ765  
♥ KJ65  
♦ 2  
♣ Q32
 

Your Choice:

Pass

Double

1♠

Other

With neither side vulnerable, RHO deals and opens 2♠. What is your call holding:

♠ KJ2 
♥ QJ5 
♦ KJ876
♣ Q2
 

Your Choice:

Pass

Double

2NT

3♠

Other

With both sides vulnerable, RHO deals and opens 3♠. What is your call holding:

♠ KQJ1092 
♥ KJ65  
♦ A
♣ A2
 

Your Choice:

Pass

Double

3♠

Other

You are vulnerable against not. RHO deals and opens 1♠. What is your call holding:

♠ Q765  
♥ KJ6 
♦ KJ4
♣ AJ2
 

Your Choice:

Pass

Double

1NT

Other

With both sides vulnerable, RHO deals and opens 3♠. What is your call holding:

♠ J7 
♥ KJ6 
♦ AKQ1076 
♣ K2
 

Your Choice:

Pass

Double

3NT

4♠