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Takeout Doubles

with Tina McVeigh

This is the last lesson in this beginners' course. Doubles are an exciting part of bridge. There are two types of bridge: penalty doubles and takeout doubles. This lesson is about takeout doubles which are very common and incredibly useful. We will learn:

After you watch the video, go ahead and try playing these lesson hands. Hints will guide you through the auctions.

Beginners' Course Standard - Takeout Doubles in Bridge

Takeout Doubles:

Review what you've learned by answering the questions below.

Beginners' Course Standard - Takeout Doubles in Bridge

Question 1: What do you do?

Pass
1
1♠
Double
Double – You have the perfect shape – at least 3 cards in all the unbid suits, and an opening hand.
Beginners' Course Standard - Takeout Doubles in Bridge

Question 2: What do you do?

Pass
1
1♠
Double
Pass - You cannot double as you only have two spades.
Beginners' Course Standard - Takeout Doubles in Bridge

Question 3: What do you do?

Pass
1
1♠
Double
1 - You have a good heart suit. Tell partner this.
Beginners' Course Standard - Takeout Doubles in Bridge

Question 4: Left hand opponent opens 1, and partner bids 1♠. What do you do?

Pass
1NT
2♠
3♠
2♠ - Support partner. Partner has shown a 5-card suit at least so you have a fit.
Beginners' Course Standard - Takeout Doubles in Bridge

Question 5: Left hand opponent opens 1, and partner bids 1♠. What do you do?

Pass
1NT
2♠
3♠
Pass – No fit this time.
Beginners' Course Standard - Takeout Doubles in Bridge

Question 6: Left hand opponent opens 1, and partner bids 1♠. What do you do?

Pass
1NT
2♠
3♠
3♠ - You have a nice hand and a known 9-card fit.
Beginners' Course Standard - Takeout Doubles in Bridge

Question 7: Left hand opponent opens 1♠, and partner doubles. What do you do?

Pass
2
3
3NT
3 - Remember that partner has an opening hand. You would jump to 3 if partner had opened 1 wouldn’t you.
Beginners' Course Standard - Takeout Doubles in Bridge

Question 8: Left hand opponent opens 1♠, and partner doubles. What do you do?

Pass
2
3
3NT
3NT – you have an opening hand and so does partner. This means game. You also have good cards in the opponent’s suit which means that you are best in notrumps.
Beginners' Course Standard - Takeout Doubles in Bridge

Question 9: Left hand opponent opens 1♠, and partner doubles. What do you do?

Pass
2
3
3NT
2 - You have to bid so keep it as low as possible!

What is the difference between a double and an overcall?

Double shows a good opening hand and tolerance for all unbid suits. An overcall just shows one good suit.


What is the difference between responding to a double and responding to an overcall?

When responding to a double you need to choose yourbest suit and also give partner an idea of your strength.

You only respond to an overcall if you have a fit with partner.

Well done completing all the lessons in this beginners' course! You can review all previous lessons and practice hands here:

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