The Complete Book on Takeout Doubles by Michael Lawrence

By Michael Lawrence

This is often the definitive booklet at the oldest - and most dear - conference in bridge, the takeout double. initially released in 1994 (Magnus Books, 978 0963753 31 1), this booklet quick turned well-known as a 'must-read' for any would-be bridge professional, and hasn't ever been out of print. Now, nearly two decades later, the writer has revised and up-to-date the textual content take into consideration sleek advancements in aggressive bidding, the most quickly altering components of the sport, no longer least within the new and sundry makes use of of doubles.

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West North East South 1 ?  7  A J 10 7 3  A 10 2  K J 10 4 With a singleton spade, your hand will be very good for play in all suits. Does this mean you should double? In a recent Nationals in the finals of the Spingold teams, Zia Mahmood bid 2 with this hand but Jeff Meckstroth made a takeout double. On this occasion, doubling was right since partner had six clubs and no hearts. The point here is that nothing is perfect. Even experts disagree. Deviant shapes that may have to make takeout doubles 1.

First, your K is poorly placed. West rates to have the high hearts, which means your K is worth less than you are hoping for. Second, North will play at the two-level, not the one-level, which adds a large measure of cost to your adventure when you get doubled. Let’s say you double and let’s say the opponents just go on to some final contract. They will know where the high cards are and will play the hand as well as possible. It doesn’t make much sense to bid when you know you will get a bad result for doing so.

Be aware that when you have a big hand with only a five-card minor suit, the bidding can become embarrassing in a hurry. Try to avoid doubling and bidding a minor with only a five-card suit. Continuing with example hands: West North East South 1 ? Q2 AJ8 AJ KQJ763 Start with 2. This is an 18-point hand, but it has many flaws. It has some wasted cards, plus the opening bid was 1. That 1 bid should worry you. It alerts you that there may be some spade bidding by them, which means you will have to bid clubs at the three- or four- or even the five-level.

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