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Start With a Negative Double

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Partner has opened and your right hand opponent has overcalled. Bidding a new suit at the 2 level as responder is forcing. How can you show your long suit without partner blasting off too high? You can make a negative double and then bid your suit to show length but no real interest in game.

37 Comments

  1. graeme says:


    2H was plenty high enough. Can anyone get a plus score on this hand?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    P 1N P 2
    P P P

    • sadiesue says:

      @graeme I did go to 2 hearts and partner bid 3clubs. East did not come up with the KH. I made the contract. Your vedio was every informing.
      SADIESUE
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – 1 1 2
      P 3 P P
      P

    • pfredrix says:

      @graeme Made an unexpected (and undeserved) 3C when E made the unforgiveable (except in a player playing his very first game ever!) blunder of failing to cover the Heart Q when I led it from the board.
      But let I need to comment on the bidding. First, my 2H bid was a calculated gamble. I did not have the strength for it, but I felt a 1NT call would misrepresent my hand with respect to the Spades (wrong suit to worry about, as it happens) more seriously than misrepresenting my strength. I planned to undo any damage caused by my overbid by passing thereafter. And thus things developed.
      But the real bidding problem is that N does not have an opening bid, at least not in Standard. An opening bid in first or second position should promise two quick tricks at an absolute minimum, especially if point-shy. A hand with 11 HCP, 8 of which are Queens and Jacks (not to mention that 5 of those 8 are inadequately guarded!) just doesn’t qualify. And counting 2 distribution points for those doubletons that actually damage the 5 points is just nuts. A proper evaluation of this hand would be 11 points total. I might open it in 3rd position at favorable.
      If N had passed and E had opened, things would have developed quite differently.
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – 1 1 2
      P 3 P P
      P

    • katekatie says:

      This is called a “sputnik” in France. Very good bid

  2. jackym says:

    Not me @graeme
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    P 1N P 2
    P P P

  3. janemart says:

    I didn’t double because I thought that would show cover in diamonds (as well as hearts). My 1NT was supposed to show a few points (any shape), so I didn’t expect to be left in it.
    Worked out okish (1 down), but supposing East had returned her partner’s lead of diamonds? My head is in my hands at the mere thought of it.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1N
    P P P

  4. 3 clubs made.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  5. carro88 says:

    Same as Janemart
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1N
    P P P

  6. hujar says:

    2h making 3
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    P 1N P 2
    P P P

  7. hujar says:

    2h making 3
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    P 1N P 2
    P P P

  8. eristdoof says:

    2H making. The opponents led a spade and came back with 2 diamond winners. A third Diamond meant a ruff and discard. I chose to ruff in dummy so that I could lead QH to finesse the KH. That worked!. Ruff a spade, then lead AH and the King falls under it. Now the opponents have one master trump, so I move on to set the clubs up.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    P 1N P 2
    P P P

  9. moyra says:

    I did @ Graeme – but I did follow the hint to bid the negative double. When partner didn’t react to this and only came back with 1 nt I left him in it. Like others I was waiting for the opponents to play their diamonds and thrash us!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    P 1N P P
    P

  10. denisei says:

    3clubs made only 7. I offered my heats but partner took us to 3 clubs.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  11. nelle says:

    3C made only 7, made some mistakes will replay.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  12. nelle says:

    On replay got 8 tricks, couldn’t make 3Cs.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  13. scarlett says:

    No, played it twice.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    P 1N P 2
    P P P

  14. tomm24 says:

    @graeme I bid the hearts and made 3C when east discarded a heart so my Queen made an lucky trick
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  15. laura89 says:

    Disaster! I doubled but left partner in 1 NT going down 4 . Yuk
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    P 1N P P
    P

  16. We tried 3 nt, but down 1.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 2
    P 3 P 3N
    P P P

  17. debdaniels says:

    Made on replay.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  18. horace says:

    Excellent thank you
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    P 1N P 2
    P P P

  19. peter49 says:

    1NT making 9. On that basis 3NT could be possible.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1N
    P P P

  20. bowman says:

    3C only made 8tricks. Maybe I should have passed as patent came back with a 3C bid
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  21. mariagee says:

    Hi Graeme,
    After several attempts I made 7 to 6 and score 90 %u2013 best I could do as drew through clubs as we were heavy with those. Bit of thinking but fairly uninteresting!

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    P 1N P P
    P

  22. mariagee says:

    Thanks Graeme for explanations as I checked your play after my comments. We did the best we could, but will check it out one more time.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    P 1N P P
    P

  23. collar says:

    I ended up in 2 clubs, making. Heart fitness worked
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    P 1N P 2
    P P P

  24. hujar says:

    2h making 9
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    P 1N P 2
    P P P

  25. sbc39982256 says:

    Graeme – How do you bi a negative Double ?

  26. sbc39982256 says:

    O K – graeme ,see your point !

  27. terrypause says:

    the use of the double in these situations is very under used…and great when you want to overcall.with just 4 in a suit

  28. Tried several times using the negative double. Didn’t work for me. Best we could do was 1 off in 3 nt.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  29. quesera says:

    Would @Graeme bid 2 if opener had responded 2D?

  30. Hi @ Graeme. Would you mind showing a lesson or two on cue bidding please?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    P 1N P 2
    P P P

  31. zeke10077 says:

    Two hearts like All of you

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    P 1N P 2
    P P P

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