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Negative Doubles, Positive Results

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When the opponents overcall and take away the bid you were going to make, how do you show partner your suit? Bidding the suit outright shows at least 5 cards and a pretty good hand. If you don’t have 5, you can still get your message across with a negative double. Negative doubles only promise 4 or more cards. Make sure you are playing this very useful convention!

33 Comments

  1. Merry Christmas, everyone!!!

    Wishing you happy holidays and a joy-filled end of the year.
    From all of us here at Sky Bridge Club.

  2. tina says:



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

  3. xinchess says:

    After the 15-17 big 1N from my partner, I opted to shoot to 3N because of a balanced hand with Q in the short diamond suit, some 10 and 9 for extra value in no trump, no aces so slam is unlikely. In this case I dont see the point of wasting time and giving extra information by going through stayman and all that. Chances were that I could make 4N to beat anyone who opted 4H in a pair tournament setting (the lovely extra 10 points:)
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 3N
    P P P

  4. janemart says:

    And Merry Christmas to all at @skybridgeclub. Thanks for running such a cheerful site and especially today for putting a big grin on my face at this time in the morning!
    Best wishes also to all the members whose comments at good times or bad help to keep this place so great.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 2
    2 3 P 4
    P 4 P P
    P

  5. hagleyjazz says:

    Happy Christmas everyone. I’m with @landmark. Thanks for cheerful site.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 2
    2 3 P P
    P

  6. hagleyjazz says:

    @janemart. See above. Xmas autocorrect. 🙂

  7. palmtrees24 says:

    Merry Christmas everyone, Just love this site, so good for my game.

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    2 3 P 4
    P P P

  8. nevillet says:

    We made it… Happy Holidays everyone….
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  9. rahamrick says:

    Hmm. My partner seems to be on a different track. The obvious bid is 3nt. But I thought that the “powers that be” might be trying to pull a fast one. So I used Stayman, and we ended up in 4H. But it looks like there was no particular risk to 3 NT, and that was the best score . . . .
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

    • xinchess says:

      @rahamrick I tried this contract a couple of times. Opening spade and continued attack on the spade would set the contract. However, a perfect defense would also defeat 4H contract: spade K, clubs AK, and diamond A
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – 1N P 3N
      P P P

  10. margette says:

    Christmas luck – after accidentally clicking 2S instead of 2H partner responded with NT which looked good and was as it turned out! Not bad after a day of over indulgence.
    Merry Christmas
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 2
    P 2N P 3N
    P P P

  11. redsquirrel says:

    Merry Christmas to all @skybridgeclub. Bid 3NT which I was happy with, then E threw AD towards the end of play which made my KD. Delighted at the moment to be 1st with 3NT making 11 sadly not due to my good play but the computers bad play! Enjoy Christmas
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 3
    P 3N P P
    P

    • xinchess says:

      @redsquirrel I tried 3N contract a couple of times. Opening spade and continued attack on the spade would set the contract. However, a perfect defense would also defeat 4H contract: spade K, clubs AK, and diamond A
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – 1N P 3N
      P P P

  12. lorraineb says:

    Yes… merry Christmas to all at sky bridge and thank you for this wonderful opportunity to play bridge every day. I can’t wait til 3pm every day to play the new hand. Cheers
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  13. terrypause says:

    merry xmas from the uk…dont get too drunk…get very drunk…cheers
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 3
    P 3N P P
    P

  14. jckspa says:

    Happy Christmas to everyone.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 3
    P P P

  15. ennasarp says:

    Bid Stayman and kept 4 hearts. Simply can’t lose when East led the Spade for Jack to score. Gave away 2 clubs and 1 diamond. Played 3 rounds of trumps and ruffed the losing Spade and diamond.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  16. chess says:

    Had to try twice to make it
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 3N
    P P P

  17. lapisan says:

    Merry Christmas to all!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  18. nelle says:

    Merry Christmas to all ! Sky bridge club has become a pleasant part of my day. Bid and made 4H.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  19. sadiesue says:

    I should never have bid 2H over the NT.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P P 2 4
    P P P

  20. horace says:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to all you lovely people
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 3
    P 3N P P
    P

  21. martin-w says:

    Happy Xmas & good bridging to all
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    2 3 P 3N
    P 4 P P
    P

  22. movy says:

    Movy says.
    Merry Christmas to all who sail within. Thank you all for your honest helpfull comments…I made 3 NT. Yay!!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 2
    2 P P 3
    P 3N P P
    P

  23. bouncer says:

    Merry Christmas and many top scores for everyone in 2018. Thanks to Skybridge and also to those top players who make it such a great challenge to look forward to each day. I hope North forgives me for my sins in 2017 and my New Year resolution will be to be more accomodating of partners indiscretions !
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  24. kakapo says:

    @janemart. It is possible to make 4H when the lead is from west. You can guess that the KS is with east so take the first trick with the AS and you can then trump a spade later in the game and W never makes the king.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 2
    2 3 P 4
    P P P

    • janemart says:

      I’ll have to take your word for it @kakapo. I can’t see how to get a void in spades without playing a second round of them. The only hope I can see is if East leads another low spade away from her King. And East wouldn’t do that would she? Not when she can see North is poised to trump any following tricks? Oh, maybe she would – stranger things have happened.
      Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – 1 1 2
      2 3 P P
      P

  25. Happy Christmas to all @skybridge ..great club ..looking forward to another year of comments and great bridge
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  26. suec88 says:

    Made my 4H today, makes such a difference when one hasnt had to much champagne for breakfast and then tries to play!! Fabulous site thanks so much guys.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

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