Quiz on Take out Double
The take out double shows an opening hand with at least 3 card support for all unbid suits. If you do not have support for all unbid suits, you need 17+ HCP and a five card suit to make a take out double. You will double and then bid your suit. With less than 17 HCP and a five card major, bid your suit even with four cards in the other major. If given the chance, you will bid your four card major next if convenient.
You hold the following hands and your right hand opponent opens 1♥.
What action, if any, do you take?
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KJxx xx AQJx Qxx double, sound minimum, good ♠ support
KQx xx AQxx Kxxx ..double, sound opening, adequate ♠ support.
Qxx xx AJxx KJxx .pass, sub minimum hand, mediocre ♠ support.
AQx xxx AJ10 KJxx..................double, very sound opening.
KJ10xx xx AQx KJx ...1♠, not good enough to double and bid
AK10xx xx AKxx Ax .double, then bid ♠. Shows good hand, 17+HCP
x KJxx QJxx AQxx .pass, no ♠ support, not good enough to bid NT
xx AQ10 KJxx AQJx ..1NT. Dont worry about your ♠.
AQx KJ10 QJxx KJx 1NT. Classic, text book.
Your right hand opponent opens 2♥.
AQxx void Axxx Jxxxx double, minimum but good shape.
AQ10xx void Axxx Jxxx ..2♠, again minimum with good shape.
AQ xx KJx AJ10xxx .3♣, sound hand but not enough to double and bid.
AQx AJ10 Kxx QJxx 2NT, shows 15-18, not for the minors.
Ax KJxx Qxx KJxx ...pass, no ♠ support, too weak for 2NT
Responding to a take out double
Responses in a suit.
With 0-8 points, make a minimum response.
With 9-11 points, make a jump response.
With 12+ HCP, cue bid openers suit.
To value your hand, add your HCP and then add one point for each card in your long suit starting with the fifth card.
To respond in NT, you need HCP, not only stoppers.
One NT shows 6-9 HCP. With less HCP, if you dont have a
four card suit to bid, bid your cheapest three card suit, not NT.
Two NT shows 10-12 HCP.
Three NT shows 13 HCP or more.
One would think that this scheme of responses is by now known
by every bridge players. Right? Wrong! Recently in a club game, more than one Silver Life Masters (1000 + master points) responded 1♥ to a take out double with 10 HCP and a five card heart suit???
Your left hand opponent opens 1♠, your partner doubles and next hand passes. Your bid.
xx Kxxxx xxx AQ10................3♥, 9HCP +1 point for the 5th ♥.
xxx QJ10xxx x KJ10................3♥, 7 HCP + 2 points for length.
Q10xx Qxx KJx xxx.................1NT, suggest itself.
Q10xx KJx J10x A10x..............2NT
KJx AQx Qxx Qxxx..................3NT
xxxx xxx xxx xxx......................2♣. Dont panic and dont pass.
J10xx xxx xxx xxx.....................2♣. Too weak for 1NT.
xx KQxx QJxx KQx..................2♠. Shows 12 + HCP.
Each partner will now bid his four card suit up the line. If you do not have any spade stoppers and no heart fit is found, the bidding may stop at four of a minor.
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