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50 - JUNE 2024

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Penalty Double or Take-Out Double?

North-South have reached a very poor contract. As so often, each of the two players considers that his partner is responsible for the accident. And you, what do you think?

This month we will be looking at:
Penalty Double or Take-Out Double?

Easy.
Average.
Difficult.
Problem 1
WNES
111♠
Pass1NT2Dble

The facts
A very bad board that should serve as a lesson to all our readers, whatever their opinion of who is responsible. 2 Hearts doubled just made, -470, when 4 Spades is laydown for +620.

Arguments
North: “I have shown a hand of 12-14HCP precisely, your Double is bound to be for penalties, like all other Doubles that follow bids in No-Trump. You can easily have four Hearts and four Spades, and our side will score a heavy penalty while we have no certainty of making game when you have 10-11HCP.”
South: “I did think that this Double could be misinterpreted, but, on the other hand, what call do you suggest with my hand with 11HCP and five Spades?”

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Alain Lévy

A renowned bridge author and player, he was born in Casablanca on 14th July 1949. He has earned three World Champion titles as a member of the French Open team and has also won countless national titles. He writes articles about leading in bridge for Bridgerama+, as well as Figaro Magazine. He mainly provides analysis of his own games on the blog. Picture © Caroline Moreau.

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