Do I double or bid my 5-card major?
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Double, or Nothing?

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Sometimes the opponents land in a contract that looks pretty dicey from your point of view. You’d love to double them and make them pay, but doing so would only ask partner to bid something, saving the opponents from their impending doom. In these situations, you simply have to pass and accept the smaller plus score. This is the one drawback of playing takeout doubles–a small price to pay for such a useful convention.

12 Comments

  1. tina says:



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

  2. janemart says:

    Hmm. I got the bidding right then. It’s just a pity I messed up on the play.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    1N P 2 P
    P P

  3. collar says:

    Took them down 1
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    1N P 2 P
    2 P P P

  4. delta says:

    My oponents
    Opened 1

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  5. Played first with e/w in 1 nt contract, which they easily made. Rebid & played in 2 spades ( n/s) which made.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    1 P 1 X
    1N P P 2
    P P P

  6. marilyn says:

    Good hand , as it makes one think that doubling is an option until you remember that your sending your partner the wrong message !

  7. joy1 says:

    It didn’t call as shown in that video, it called only 1D, 1S and 1NT thats it!!! but enjoyed…
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    1 P 1 X
    1N P P P

  8. beahessick says:

    When I went to play this hand as the lesson on whether one should double, the bidding for E and W was different, with E opening 1D, ending the bidding in 1 S. Sky Bridge does this frequently and it drives me crazy! Please make the hands consistent!

    • banksia9 says:

      @beahessick
      Hi. Tina’s auction will only occur for those who play Acol where West will open 1NT.
      For those of us playing Standard, West will open 1D and rebid 1NT. That is how standard players show a 12-14 No Trump hand.
      When you see such a different auction here at Sky, that will be the reason.
      Coping with the opponents playing different systems is another part of the bridge adventure 🙂
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – – P P
      1 P 1 P
      1N P P P

  9. jan2bridge says:

    @tina. I did not know that W was asking partner to bid spades. I watched your video and wondered what I would have done.

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