This is a great way for you and partner to have more fun at the bridge table! Get together and learn when to redouble!
Here are three different times to use a redouble –
1) TO SHOW GENERAL STRENGTH OVER INTERFERENCE (DOUBLING) BY OPPONENT
This is the most common type of redouble used by RESPONDER. It’s typically used after partner opens the bidding and your right-hand opponent (RHO) makes a TAKEOUT DOUBLE?
If you, the RESPONDER , REDOUBLE in this auction, YOU promise 10+ “high-card points” and sends a “This is our hand” message to your partner, the OPENER, because you know, between both hands, your side has the majority of the 40 high-card points. It suggests that you have good defensive strength in unbid suits and that you may want to double the opponents’ final contract for PENALTY, as you believe you can defeat their contract.
THIS FORCES the opponents to bid, and after they do, THEY HAVE FALLEN INTO YOUR TRAP – THINK,!!!! YOU AND OPENER HAVE ASCERTAINED THAT THE OPPONENTS ARE INTERFERING IN YOUR AUCTION. A DOUBLE NOW by you or partner is their punishment —-DOUBLE for PENALTY!
PLANING YOUR REBID
A REDOUBLE isn’t recommended with just “any” 10 points. It’s important to consider how you’ll continue showing your hand AFTER the opponents run to a suit. This type of redouble works best when your hand is suitable for one of three rebid strategies:
A – You hope to DOUBLE the opponents’ runout. Along with your 10+ points, you’ll usually have shortness in partner’s opening suit and strong holdings at least two unbid suits. This option is most attractive when the opponents are vulnerable and you’re not.
B -You plan to rebid notrump (or steer partner toward notrump). This will be your plan if you have 10+ points and fairly balanced distribution in the unbid suits. You may choose to bid notrump rather than eventually make a penalty double if your holdings are not powerful enough to double the opponents’ contract, especially if the opponents are “not vulnerable”.
******Make careful note of OPPS DOUBLE – OPP was showing support for the three unbid suits, so, if either one of you get to play the hand, you know where the cards are and a rough estimate of points in that opponent’s hand especially for “finessing”!
C – You plan to raise partner’s opening bid suit. –A redouble followed by a minimum raise of partner’s suit shows invitational values (11-12 support points) and moderate trump support (3 cards if partner opened a major, 4+ cards if he opened a minor).
Partner RHO You LHO
1H DBL RDBL 1S
Pass Pass 2H
Partner can pass 2H if he has a dead-minimum opener.
2). SOS REDOUBLE – H E L P!!!!!!! RESCUE ME PARTNER OVER OPPONENTS DOUBLE AT A LOW LEVEL OF BIDDING
This REDOUBLE is made after the opponents make a penalty of your contract, but it sends the opposite message. Also called an “SOS redouble“, it tells partner that this contract will be a disaster and he should run to another suit. You must have length in all unbid suits to use this redouble.
This meaning applies only if the auction is at a low level and you (the RESPONDER) haven’t shown support for partner’s suit. It has to be obvious to RESPONDER that you could be extremely short in his suit or, if the opponents have doubled YOUR OPENING BID, that you have reason to be worried about the length and quality of YOUR suit.
Suppose you open 1C with ♠AQ8 ♥K864 ♦1054 ♣A92, your left-hand opponent (LHO) makes a TAKEOUT DOUBLE and the auction goes Pass(RESPONDER) – Pass (RHO)back to you, the OPENER. You know your right-hand opponent (RHO) has long, strong clubs because he “converted” his partner’s takeout double to penalty by PASSING!!!
A bid of Redouble by you asks RESPONDER to rescue you by bidding their longest suit. YOU DO NOT CARE HOW FEW POINTS RESPONDER HAS -just need a suit fit of an acceptable 7 trump or MORE.
3). WHEN OPP DOUBLES YOUR CONTRACT AND YOU ARE SURE YOU CAN MAKE THE CONTRACT
This redouble is made after an opponent makes a penalty double of your contract. If you are sure the opponent made a mistake, you can use the call of Redouble to increase your score if you make the contract. If you go down, however, your redouble increases the penalty.
This type of redouble is very rare and should be used cautiously. Even if you’re sure you can make your contract, a redouble keeps the auction open and gives the opponents another chance to bid. It may scare them into running back to a bid of their suit.