December 2016 English Bridge
After (1™)-2t-(2™)-P, (P)-Dbl, East can bid 3®,
a very pretty contract that cannot be defeated. After
the inferior (1™)-Dbl-(2™)-P, (P)-3t, there's not
going to be a happy ending for East-West.
Although the overcall-then-double (for take-out)
is generally preferable to the double-then-overcall,
sometimes your hand is simply too strong for a
mere overcall. Eighteen/nineteen points is the
approximate cut-off. Hand C is simply too strong to
overcall 2t - there is too great a risk of missing
Let's have a look at a typical layout where you
hold West's Hand C.
Hand A should Pass.
Hand B should bid 2t, planning to double for
take-out at his second turn.
Hand C should Double.
A few pairs in England, and most French pairs, play
Equal Level Conversion (ELC) where (1™)-Dbl-(P)-2®(P)-2t
shows little extra perhaps a 4-2-5-2 14-count.
Playing ELC, West is probably best bidding 2NT over 2®,
showing a 'balanced' 19-21.
´ 7 4 2
t Q 10 8 7
® 9 7 6 5 4
´ A Q 8 ´ 6 5 3
™ A 9 6 2 ™ Q J 3
t A K J 6 2 t 5 3
® Q ® K J 10 3 2
´ K J 10 9
™ K 10 8 5 4
t 9 4
® A 8
If you bid merely 2t over South's 1™ opener, the
bidding will end right there. You'll make it easily
enough, but you've missed the opportunity to win
Unless very strong, overcalling your suit then
doubling is normally a better route than
doubling then overcalling. r
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If you double, the bidding will go as follows:
(1™)-Dbl-(P)-2®, (P)-2t-(P)-3NT. West's doublethen-bid
shows a hand too strong to bid the suit
first time - around 19 points (see footnote), so East
can jump to 3NT. This contract will make. South
leads the jack of spades and East, declarer, finesses
dummy's queen, then leads the queen of clubs and
overtakes it with the king (play low and South can
duck). South wins the ace and continues with the
king of spades. Declarer wins dummy's ace and
leads a low heart to his queen. South wins the king,
cashes the ten-nine of spades (dummy throwing a
diamond and declarer a club) and exits safely with a
diamond. However declarer can win dummy's ace,
cross to the jack of hearts, cash the jack-ten of clubs
discarding diamonds, then lead a heart to the nine.
Dummy's ace of hearts and king of diamonds bring
the trick tally to nine. Game made.