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the opener bid 1heart , i am the overcaller with 16 points  1 club and 5 hearts.  I cant x as im not short in hearts , i cant bid 1nt as only have 1 club   i ended up bidding 1nt and x my fingers.  friend said i should have x  should i have passed?

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Hello there.

A most interesting hand.  I like these hands where two opponents hold the same Major suit!

In this case, I would suggest Doubling, in order to elicit a response from partner.  Maybe he will have a stopper in clubs.  1 NT is a very shaky bid.

If you pass, your partner may pass, after your left hand opponent passes. (and you could miss a makeable) part score (or better)  contract.

Your partner may also respond 1 NT (with a weak hand).  

If your left hand opponent bids over your double, you are off the hook.

Have a nice day.  

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I can answer questions about most card games . These games include Bridge, Hearts, Spades, Euchre, Canasta, Whist, Pinochle, Cribbage, and Rummy.

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I was the organizer director of Grand Prix World Series of Card games. (1999 - 2011) I have written 5 books about card games. (Spades, Hearts, Euchre, Whist, and Barbu. ) I invented a new card game called "Heartswitch" (US Games, Inc.) I am developing four more card games. I am also a consultant for the US Playing Card Company. My Web site is: www.booksbyjoeandrews.com

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