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INTERMEDIATE-2 BRIDGE

LESSON 7

RESPONSES OVER THE OPPONENTS TAKE-OUT DOUBLE

 

 

A.    CIRCUMSTANCE: Your partner has opened the bidding with one (1) of a suit and

your right hand opponent (RHO) has bid a take‑out double. What

should be your response, and what are the various meanings of that

which you might call?

 

B. TYPES OF RESPONSES: Basically there are three types of responses necessary under

these circumstances; i.e., the ability to show (1) a weak pre-emptive

holding, (2) a mildly constructive competitive holding, and (3) a

strong, invitational or better holding.

 

C. CONDITIONS: Two conditions need be examined under which the three previous responses (weak, mildly competitive, and strong) need be exercised; (1) with trump support for partner, and (2) without trump support for partner.

 

With Trump Support

 

(1) WEAK OR PRE‑EMPTIVE: ‑ (0-5 HCPs)

 

(A). A Single Raise of Partner's Suit with slightly weaker values necessary

without the opponents intervening double; i.e., 0‑5 HCP's.

(Note: Minimum Primary Support; i.e. three pieces of a Major or five of a Minor

 

KJX 1S Dbl. 2S

XXX

XX

XXXX

 

XXX

QXX

QXXXX 1D Dbl. 2D

XX

 

(B). A Double Raise (or greater) of Partner's Suit showing longer than primary

support for partners suit This bid is pre-emptive and should comply

with the LAW OF TOTAL TRICKS in terms of the total number of.

trumps held cumulatively by the partnership.

 

AXXX

XXX 1S Dbl. 3S (Nine Trumps)

XX

XXXX

 

XX

JXXXX 1H Dbl. 4H (Ten Trumps)

XX

KXXX

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(2) MILDLY CONSTRUCTIVE: - (6&‑9 HCP's)

 

An Initial Pass followed by a Bid on the subsequent round. Shows a hand with

good defensive strength and stronger values than an immediate support of

partner's suit as above.

 

AXX

QXXX 1S Dbl. P 2H

QXXX P P 2S

XX

 

(2) STRONG: (10 or More HCPs A Limit Raise or Better)

 

A Immediate Conventional Bid of 2NT (JORDAN) is employed here to

show primary support or longer of partners suit with at least invitational

strength (Eight Losers or fewer).

KJXX 1S Dbl. 2NT

XXX

QX

AQXX

 

 

 

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Without Trump Support

 

 

(1) WEAK OR PRE‑EMPTIVE: ‑ (0-9 HCPs)

 

(A) A Suit Responsea non‑forcing response with a 5‑card suit at the one (1)

level or a 6‑card suit at the two (2) level.

 

KXX

X

KQXXX 1C Dbl. 1D

XXXX

X

XXX

KXX

AXXXXX 1S Dbl. 2C

XX

AQXXX 1D Dbl. 1H (Is especially important to

XXX evidence a 5-card Major)

XXX

 

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(B) A Jump-Shift Response pre‑emptive with (0-5 HCPs), no support for

partner, but holding a 6‑card suit or better, and is a "drop dead"

implication.

X

XXX 1S Dbl. 3D

KQXXXX

XXX

 

 

(C) A 1NT Response - A lack of support for partner's bid suit, no particular

suit of one's own, and 7-9 HCPs. .

 

QXX

JXXX

QXXX 1C Dbl. 1NT

AX

 

 

 

(2) STRONG: (10 or More HCPs)

 

A Redouble By Respondershows any strong hand with a point count of 10 HCP's or greater. Opener, unless he/she has a distributional hand unsuitable for defense, will pass on the next round of bidding thereby allowing the re-doubler to have the opportunity to double for penalties, else to bid on. Responder will make that subjective decision based upon whether the vulnerability is suitable to allow scoring to exceed that which would have been achieved if, alternatively, the hand were to be played by their partnership instead.

 

 

 

1S Dbl. RDbl. P A

P 2H Dbl. AJXX (Note: Hand satisfies

KXX rules of 10 & 12)

XXXXX

 

 

 

 

1H Dbl. RDbl. P AJX

P 1S 2NT XX

AKXX

XXXX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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INTERMEDIATE-2 BRIDGE

LESSON 7

RESPONSES OVER THE OPPONENTS TAKE-OUT DOUBLE

 

 

Comparison of Responses to Partners Opening Bid of One of A Suit

 

Holding Trump Support for Partner

 

(All Principles Below Are for Minor or Major Suit Openings by Partner)

 

Without Interference After Intervening Overcall After Intervening Take-out Double

 

1H 1H 1H

Pass 1S Double

???? ???? ????

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PRE-EMPTIVE 4H 3H or 4H 2H or 3H or 4H

 

Shows 4-8 HCPs Shows 3-6 HCPs Shows 4-6 HCPs

And 5-Card or Greater and 4-Card or 5-Card and a 3-Card, 4-Card, or 5-Card

Support Support Respectively Support Respectively

(A Distributional) Losing Trick Count 10 or More Losing Trick Count 10 or More

(Pre-Emptive Bid)

 

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Constructive Pass on First Bidding

(or) 2H 2H Opportunity, Then

Competetive Bid 2H on Second Bid

 

Shows 6-10 HCPs Shows 6-10 HCPs 7-9 HCPs with Support

With Support for Partners Support for Partner for Partners Suit

Suit (At Least 3 Pieces) Losing Trick Count = 9

(Losing Trick Count = 8-9)

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Invitational

(or) 3H 2S 2NT

 

Better

 

Shows 11-12 HCPs Shows 11 HCPs or More Shows 10 HCPs or More

Support for Partner Support for Partner Support for Partner

Losing Trick Count = 8 Losing Trick Count = 8 or Fewer and A Losing Trick

(Is NOT Alertable) Count of 8 or Fewer

(Called JORDAN)

(IS Alertable)

 

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