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Do I double or bid my 5-card major?

12 20, 2017 - Hand 1
AQJ43_6_KQT4_Q75

Do I double or bid my 5-card major?

To double or not to double? Sometimes it’s not an easy choice.

Watch to see how @Tina bids and plays this hand.

29 Comments

  1. tina says:

    Depending on your bidding system, you will might end up with a different outcome. But everyone faces this initial decision:


    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  2. unixman says:

    What a pity ten tricks there for the taking but no one want to double me
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  3. suec88 says:

    Made it yesterday and cant today, get 9 but not 10, well done unixman .
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  4. cora says:

    1st try was in 3S down 1, 2nd try was in 3S made 11. 3rd try was in 4S made 10
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  5. baygon2014 says:

    Quite surprised to make the ten tricks. West lead a low heart won by my 6 in hand! Cannot see how I could have bid the 4 spades.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
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  6. danishmand says:

    2 spades dbld redbld madr 10 tricks
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
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  7. bid 3spades made 10
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  8. nevillet says:

    1st try made ten (10)…. Almost bid 4S after W bid 3H but choose 3S instead…..
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  9. carro88 says:

    Bid4S and made. Pity it wasn’t best score. 2S xxx better and less risky!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  10. redsquirrel says:

    Not sure what East’s X was telling his partner, decided to pass left in 2SX made 9 tricks comfortably and 570 points – quite happy
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
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  11. ennasarp says:

    Bid 4 spades and kept. Gave away only the three outside aces; one heart, one club and one diamond. Since only 8 spades with us, had to finesse spade king by playing from dummy. Entry to dummy assured by dropping the club ace and diamond ace by playing high from hand.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  12. chess says:

    Like many made 10, but bid 3s
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  13. sandra says:

    I too bid 3 spades and made 10 !
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
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  14. sandra says:

    This time I passed 2 spades and let them double me and scored 570 points instead of a lesser score in 3 spades
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
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  15. tas02 says:

    Didn’t expect to make 10 tricks, but after winning the first trick with a heart, East inexplicably lead the KS which I happily took with my ace. I maybe could have finessed twice from North, but that would have required getting North in the lead twice before drawing trumps.

    Why would East give up the king so easily?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
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  16. glen says:

    Hmm. North was on thin ice raising my spades with only four points. I probably would have done the same, but I expect more sense from a computer.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  17. debdaniels says:

    No X for me%u2014 glad I went for game.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  18. nelle says:

    Should have bid my 5 card major it makes 10 S.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  19. wilma says:

    Wilma
    Bid 4S made 11! If East comes with 3H after my 2H when West leads 4H, it is possible to make 11. If east covers with AH then only 10 to make. Would even have been nicer if they wanted to X me!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  20. horace says:

    Thanks Tina – really good advice. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  21. annettelarke says:

    Thanks Tina – really good.

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  22. blondie58 says:

    made my 3S…. congrats to those making 4…..
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  23. chess says:

    Interestingly, the computer lead differently the second time and I made 10 but was down one the first time
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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  24. jan2bridge says:

    @ Clever. I did not think of letting that double go unanswered. Love your game.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
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  25. loulla says:

    E/W played three hearts and we set them one.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
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  26. loulla says:

    Second time played three spade and made.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
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  27. Replayed the hand again today, doubling the 1st bid. Got a better result but still only bid & made 3 spades…. 1 more try….
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
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  28. Well, I finally bid & made 10. Must be the rather large glass of wine helping me along!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
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