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Redouble = 3 diamonds, 2t = 4-card support

ACOL PLAYERS

While you might like the sound of some of these

ideas (who am I kidding?) I really encourage you

not to adopt these methods. There are other handtypes

which really need describing as we discussed

last article.

FURTHER AREAS FOR DEVELOPMENT

Let's just take one auction and see how many

bids/definition can arise:

W N E S

1® 1™ 1´ 2™

?

W N E S

1t Pass 1´ 1NT

?

W N E S

1t Pass 1´ Dble

?

W N E S

1® Pass 1t Dble

?

W N E S

1® Pass 1™ 2t

?

If you play that responder has shown five spades

for their 1´ bid, then support doubles do not apply.

They were devised to allow the partnership to

resolve trump length issues - so are not needed

here. Simply bid 2´ with three or four trumps and

reserve a double as take-out - no hardship at all.

If the opponents overcall 1NT:

Check you've got it!

Neil's online quiz is on page 68

If they overcall 1´ as before you

might take a two-step approach

and double first to show three

hearts then compete in clubs on

the next round.

playing a short club or some variation it is always

nice to be able to show 'real clubs'. Holding a

stronger hand:

´ K 5

™ A 6 4

t 7 6

® A K J 5 4 2

WHAT IF THEY OVERCALL 2® WHEN YOU

HAVE OPENED 1® (POSSIBLY SHORT)?

It is very important to agree whether a double

shows 3-card support or clubs! I strongly

recommend it shows 3-card support (a huge winner

on frequency grounds). With good clubs you can

either stretch to bid 3® or pass. Indeed two topclass

teammates of mine had a major

misunderstanding on this recently, so it shows you

simply must discuss this with your regular partner.

Using Support Doubles means partner is well

able to judge further competition, whether partscore,

game or even higher, knowing the precise

nature of the combined trump fit.

There will be occasional situations when you

make a support double, the next person passes and

responder only has a 4-card suit. They are basically

compelled to 'rebid it' even with four cards. At least

you have a 4-3 fit and are not getting beyond the 2level

which is usually a small price to pay.

Consider the following auction:

SUPPORT REDOUBLES

Redouble = 3-card support, 2´ = 4-card support

These can act in a very similar way to Support

Doubles. Some people choose to play Support

Doubles but not redoubles - it is a matter for

partnerships to decide. I recommend both - why

not? Once you start I'm sure, after a few teething

problems, you will enjoy them and see your

competitive bidding really start to improve.

FREQUENCY

Playing a strong NT system clearly you will have

loads of hands that open 1®/t which are actually

12-14 no trump type hands, not to mention the

hands when you also have a natural suit to open.

These auctions are therefore coming up a

tremendous amount, so are really worth persevering

with.

By arrangement, even though Support Doubles

usually resolve major suit responses, you can play

them after 1® - 1t auctions when they overcall a

major:

Dble = 3-card support, any strength; 2™ = 4-card

support, minimum values; 2´ = natural, reversing

values; 2NT = 18-19 points (with or without three

hearts is probably best in my opinion); 3® = nice

hand, 6+ clubs, usually fewer than three hearts; 3t

= unassuming cue bid, 16+ with four hearts; 3™ =

stretch raise, 13-15, typically 4 hearts and shape.r

It is very important to remember that Support

Doubles do not apply here. You are simply doubling

for penalties - as always - with no reference to

spade length whatsoever.

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