DOUBLES
  There are many types of Doubles. The two that 
we will now consider are:
w  The Penalty Double. 
w  The Take-Out Double. (You want your 
     partner to take you out of the Double by 
     bidding.)
PENALTY DOUBLE
w  You hope to set the Declarer and collect a 
    big bonus.
w  They could be made at any time during the 
    auction. Most however, are made at high 
    levels toward the end of the bidding.
w  Most penalty Doubles are optional. If your 
    partner strongly feels that the opponents 
    will make their contract, he can make a bid 
    and  negate the Double.


  TAKE-OUT DOUBLE
w  If you want your partner to bid a suit then 
    Double opponent’s bid.
w  Your partner must bid even with 0 points. 
    (There are 2 exceptions). 
w  All Doubles on the one level are Take-Out.
w  All Doubles are of opponent’s bid. You can 
    not Double your partner.
w  If the Double is your first call (after an 
    opponent’s bid), it is for Take-Out
w  Do not use a Take-Out Double if you have 
    length in opponent’s suit. Overcall or Pass.
w  A Take-Out Double of a Minor implies at 
    least 3/3 in the Majors. (Three cards  in 
    each of the Majors.)

 
Take-Out Doubles can be made with two types of hands.
      A.  SMALL  DOUBLE
            12 - 15 points and support for all 
            unbid suits.
      B.  BIG  DOUBLE
            16+ points and either support for all 
            unbid suits  or independently 
            wealthy, i.e. a long suit.

 QUIZ 9 DOUBLES 
  YOUR RHO (right hand opponent) OPENS WITH 1 C. IT IS YOUR TURN TO BID. WHAT DO YOU SAY?     YOUR RHO OPENS THE BIDDING 
    WITH 1 S. IT IS YOUR TURN TO
    BID. WHAT DO YOU SAY?
 
1. 
S  8 6 
H  K Q J 10 3
D  A 9 4 
C  7 5 4
5.  S  4
H  K J 8 6
D  A 7 5 2
C  Q J 4 3
   

2. 

S  A 4
H  8 7 5 
D  K 8 7 
C  A Q 8 3 2

6. 

S  5 4 2
H  A J 
D  A Q 7
C  A Q J 9 3 
   

3. 

S  Q 8 4 
H  A Q J 
D  A 10 7 4 3 
C  J 8

7. 

S  9 
H  J 5 2 
D  K Q 9 8 6 5 4 
C  J 2
   

4. 

S  K 2
H  A J 8 6
D  K 9 7 
C  A J 6 4

8. 

S  Q 3
H  Q 8 6 
D  A J 5 4 
C  K Q 5 2

ANSWERS to Quiz 9

 

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