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Negative Double

A double made at a low level is normally takeout if there are two or more unbid suits. There are various types of takeout double. A negative double is the name given to a double made by the responder.

  • 1-level = 6-9 HCP
  • 2-level = 8-11 HCP

When to make a negative double

A negative double promises support for the unbid suits and shows a hand where you don’t have a natural bid to make. It means that you can take part in the auction safely even with quite a weak hand.


You need 10 HCP or more to change suit at the 2-level and you can’t support partner. You can’t bid 1NT without a spade stopper. The solution is to make a negative double. The message to partner is that you have some points, some length in the unbid suits, but not enough strength to bid at the 2-level.

Play

7 Comments

  1. Profile photo of lynng lynng says:

    Ah p you could’ve trumped my last heart with your queen and set them one more trick, but you laid off. Too bad.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    1 X 2 3
    P P 3 P
    P P

  2. Bid 4H made 5. That negative double certainly worked well here, Thanks!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    2 4 P P
    P

  3. Profile photo of grandysusan grandysusan says:

    Doubling worked well in this game, went 4h should have got 11!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    2 4 P P
    P

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  5. Profile photo of joanbrookes joanbrookes says:

    Bid the negative double. Partner bid 4H. I passed. Made 10. Perhaps 11 was there.

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

  6. Profile photo of lorfell8 lorfell8 says:

    lorfell says: The negative double sure works well, when you don’t have the points to bid at the two level–a useful tool to remember.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong NT, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1C 1S X
    2S 4H P P
    P
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 X
    2 4 P P
    P

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