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Overcall a Suit or Double?

A bridge hand

South opens 1♦. Bid the E/W hands.

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Gino's Suggestion and a Short Explanation

(1♦) - DBL - (Pass) - 2NT

(Pass) - 3NT - All pass

West prefers a takeout double over bidding clubs. Holding a poor 5-card minor suit, the club overcall should not be an attractive choice. West holds the correct strength (12+ HCP) and the correct shape (shortness in diamonds with 3-4 distribution in the major suits) for a takeout double.

Advancing the double, with a diamond stopper and no 4+ cards in a major suit, East should bid NT. With 12 HCP, East should make a game invitational bid, 2NT. 1NT would not be sufficient with this strength. Holding extras (14 HCP), West bids game.

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