After the opponents open 1NT:
|Double|| For penalties. See also: Gates Double.|
|2|| Shows clubs and hearts (at least 5-4 shape). Partner can pass with club tolerance, or correct to |
|2|| Shows diamonds and hearts (at least 5-4). |
|2|| Shows hearts and spades (at least 5-4).|
|2|| Shows spades and a minor (at least 5-4). Partner can pass with spade tolerance, or bid 2NT to ask for the minor suit.|
|2NT|| Shows clubs and diamonds (at least 5-4, usually 5-5 or better). Partner should take his preference by replying |
Note that partner should always take the cheapest preference when holding equal length in the two advertised suits. For example, after hearing a 2NT overcall, partner should bid
If partner is lucky enough to hold game-invitational values or better, then he should raise or jump-bid any advertised suit.
Pinpoint Astro also includes bids to show 3-suited hands, e.g. 4441 or 5440 shape (rare). A jump overcall at the 3-level is artificial and indicates shortness in that suit:
|3|| Shows a 3-suiter short in clubs. |
|3|| Shows a 3-suiter short in diamonds. |
|3|| Shows a 3-suiter short in hearts. |
|3||Shows a 3-suiter short in spades.|
Partner is expected to take a preference for whichever suit he likes most. Since he may be forced to take a preference at the 4-level, these overcalls should promise very good hands (relative to the HCP range of the opponents' 1NT).
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