NEGATIVE DOUBLES

 
    Negative Doubles* are not the opposite of  Positive Doubles (whatever they might be).  And they really should be called Competitive Doubles.  The pejorative connotation also does not apply, since Negative Doubles are a powerful bidding tool.  Here’s how they work.  Negative Doubles are made only after an overcall of your partner’s bid.  If  the overcall is a major then
the Negative Double shows four cards in the other major.  If you bid the other major then you show five or more cards in that major. 

*Maybe they are called Negative Doubles 
  because they Negate the opponent's overcall.


 
 
 PARTNER -- Opens 1 Club or 1 Diamond
RHO -- 1 SPADE. An overcall of your partner' bid.
YOU -- Double
shows:
4 card Heart suit
6+ points
YOU --bid 2 Hearts
shows:
5 card Heart suit
9+ points

RHO -- 1 HEART. An overcall of your partner's bid
YOU -- Double
shows:
4 card Spade suit
6+ points
YOU --bid 1 Spade
shows:
5 card Spade suit
8+ points

 
 
PARTNER -- Opens 1 Heart
 RHO -- 1 SPADE. An overcall of your partner's bid.
YOU -- Double
shows:
4/4 in the Minors
8+ points
YOU --bid 2 of a Minor.
shows:
5 cards in the suit bid
9+ points

 

 PARTNER -- Opens 1 Club 
RHO -- 1 DIAMOND. An overcall of your partner's bid.
YOU -- Double
shows:
4/4 in the Majors
6+ points
YOU --bid 1 of a Major.
shows:
5 cards in the suit bid
6+ points

 
In all of the above examples you can also pass or bid 
a suit or No Trump.

 QUIZ 28 NEGATIVE DOUBLES 

 
 
     YOUR PARTNER OPENS THE
BIDDING  1 D. YOUR RHO BIDS

H. WHAT DO YOU BID WITH
THE FOLLOWING HANDS?
YOUR PARTNER OPENS THE 
 BIDDING  1 C. YOUR RHO BIDS
S. WHAT DO YOU BID WITH
THE  FOLLOWING HANDS?
 
   1.  S  J 8 3 2 
H  J 9 8 
D  9 8 5 4
C  A 9
5.  S  A 8 3 
H  J 9 8 4 3 
D  9 8 
C  A 9 8
   
 
 
2. 
 

S  J 9 6 4 3 
H  Q J 9 
D  8 2 
C  A 9 8

6. 

S  A 4 2 
H  Q J 9 8 
D  8 2 
C  J 8 4 3
   
 
 
3. 

S  8 5 4 
H  A J 7 
D  Q 10 4 
C  J 7 4 3

7. 

S  7 5 4 
H  J 7 6 
D  J 10 4 2 
C  A J 3 

    
 
4. 

S  8 3 
H  J 8 4 
D  K Q 10 2 
C  Q 8 3

8. 

S  8 3 
H  J 8 4 
D  K Q 10 8 2 
C  Q 8 3

ANSWERS to Quiz 28

 

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