Doubles in Bridge
When you are playing bridge against the computer a double is shown as an 'X' in the bidding area.
X means double
The state of the auction determines whether a double was meant for takeout or for penalties. Even expert players sometimes misinterpret the meaning of their partner's double. That's bridge! - but let's see if we can clarify things.
If the opener bids a suit and the overcaller doubles then it normally shows 12+ points and support for the unbid suits.
Takeout doubles in this situation are normally the first type that new players learn about. Doubles in other situations are often still 'for takeout' even though they are given different names.
Negative doubles, used by the responder, are another form of takeout double. A negative double is normally used when responder has a few points but is not strong enough to bid at the 2-level.
Balancing doubles are used when the auction is about to die out. It's often better to keep the bidding open at a low level rather than pass and defend against a part-score.
Penalty doubles are the most exciting!
Bridge Practice Hands for Doubles
Head over to the learn bridge page for some hands to practice doubles and responding to doubles.
Hiya @janemart, just checking to see that got this.