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Opener's Rebid After LHO Overcalls
When opener's Left Hand Opponent (LHO) overcalls, this sometimes pushes up partner's change of suit response to a level higher than he would have otherwise needed.
Here, North's 2 shows 10+ points and 5 or more spades but without the 2 overcall North would have happily responded 1.
As we know, a change of suit response is forcing and when East passes we are obliged to bid again regardless of the strength of our hand.
We could have a hand as poor as this:
and yet we must bid again after partner's 2 response.
When LHO's overcall pushes up responder's change of suit bid, openers lowest rebid doesn't guarantee more than a mimimum hand.
In this case opener's rebid is at the three level AND a 'New Suit Above the Barrier' but since opener is forced to bid, this may only be a mimumum hand.
It is important to note that it is an overcall by opener's LHO that causes this situation. If the overcall is by opener's RHO it is a completely different story!