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When in Pain – Double!

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN TO DOUBLE FOR TAKEOUT?

When the opponent on your right opens the bidding in a suit , you can do one of three things:

1. Overcall with a 5 card or longer suit and 8+ points at the one level or 12 or more points and a 5 card or longer suit at the 2 level

2. Bid no trump with a stopper in opponents suit and 15-18 points

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Since you are “IN PAIN” — DOUBLE!

YOU NEED:

1.  Support for the unbid suits (two 4 card suits AND at least a 3 card suit for the third suit))

2.  Opening points (high card points plus dummy points in opponent’s suit –

ADD:
5 for a void;
3 for singleton;
and 1 for doubleton – add dummy points to high card points for total hand value

then DOUBLE FOR TAKEOUT!!!!!!!

 You are asking your partner to:
GO SHOPPING AND PICK A SUIT AND WHILE DOING SO TO SHOW A POINT COUNT—AS REMEMBER, YOU ARE FORCING YOUR PARTNER TO BID EVEN WITH ZERO POINTS!

 

ADVANCER (YOUR PARTNER’S NEW DESIGNATION — is not the responder –

If the opponent (RESPONDER) on Your left passes, the double is FORCING even with ZERO POINTS YOU MUST BID ———-YES, you don’t want to leave opponents doubled in a one level bid as they will no doubt make it!

THIS IS THE TWO PART RESPONSE BY ADVANCER:

1. GO SHOPPING AND PICK THE SUIT 
give preference to a major suit – hearts or spades – 4 card support –

WITH THE OPPONENT’s suit well stopped consider no trump as your partner has support for the other three suits.

2.  SHOW YOUR POINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-0-8 bid your suit at cheapest level available
– 9-11 points – jump a level
13 or more – jump to game in a major – jump to 4 level in a minor and invite
when you have strength in the opponent’s  suit, bid no trump

If the responder (opp. On your left ) bids over the double – if you have less than 5 points you can pass as the double is taken out.  Listen up! – With 6+ you should bid.

As ADVANCER
WITH AN OPENING POINT HAND YOURSELF YOU CAN CUEBID THE OPPONENT’s opening suit to get more info about the DOUBLER’S hand.  A CUEBID BY ADVANCER IS FORCING !!!!!

 

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REBIDS BY TAKEOUT DOUBLER
– the doubler needs to show whether he has a medium or maximum hand
With a minimum opening hand (12-15)  – if partner shows 0-8 points you should PASS

With a medium opening hand (16-18) – RAISE ONE LEVEL  to invite partner to go to game if at the top of the range

With a maximum opening bid (19-21) JUMP A LEVEL

BIG DOUBLE
You do not have to have all the unbid suits but you must be able to bid your 5 card or longer suit if advancer picks a suit you do not have support for.
With 17+ points as doubler, after partner picks the suit and shows points, you bid your 5 card or longer suit to show “the BIG DOUBLE” —-

ADVANCER THEN KNOWS HER PARTNER (the doubler) has 17+ points and a 5 card or longer suit – she can still pass with support (at least 2 card support ) but should consider the total points between both hands and where is the best place to play.

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