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THE RED MIST – DOUBLE TROUBLE [PART 5b]

In previous months, we reviewed the two hugely important topics of Takeout and Negative Doubles. We then moved on to Responsive Doubles made by Advancer (the partner of the Takeout Doubler or Overcaller).
This month, we cover what I consider the most-forgotten convention: Support Doubles. For some reason, players using this method either forget to double, forget to alert, or forget that their partner used this convention.

Let’s first make an important distinction: A Support Double can be made only by the Opening Bidder (at his second turn to bid). This will be the 5th action taken
in the bidding – after four players have taken a call. Contrast that to the three doubles earlier in this series: Takeout Double (which is made usually by the second player in the auction), Negative Double (which is made only by the Responder – the third player to act) and Responsive Double (made by Advancer; the fourth player in the auction).

Support Doubles

Opener’s Support Double shows 3-card Support for responder’s suit. For example:

OPENER OPPONENT 1RESPONDER OPPONENT 2
1Pass 1 1♠
Dble

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Larry Cohen is one of America’s top writers and teachers, having semi-retired from top-level competition in 2009. His To Bid or Not to Bid; The LAW of Total Tricks is one of the best-selling bridge books of all time.

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