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49 - MAY 2024

49 - MAY 2024

DOUBLES [PART 1]

Conventional uses for “Double” have proliferated enormously in recent times. Some thirty years ago, all doubles were for penalties. Then along came the lead-directing double, closely followed by the negative double and the responsive double. Nowadays, virtually all doubles, particularly…

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Conventional uses for “Double” have proliferated enormously in recent times. Some thirty years ago, all doubles were for penalties. Then along came the lead-directing double, closely followed by the negative double and the responsive double. Nowadays, virtually all doubles, particularly at low levels, mean something other than “I think this contract is going down.” 

This month, we look at one of the most useful of these innovations – the Support Double. Invented by Jeff Meckstroth and Eric Rodwell, more and more tournament partnerships are adding the Support Double to their armoury. Let’s see why…

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Marc Smith

Marc Smith was in the Great Britain team that won the European Junior Teams Championship in 1985. His 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know (co-authored with Barbara Seagram) has sold more than 300,000 copies.

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