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Traps for the Unwary by Michael Byrne

The Mysterious Redouble (Part II)

IN THE last issue we started to look at the firming a sound opener, 12+ HCP or shapely hand as if opener had bid 2t

situation where you had redoubled after so. This is a forcing pass and he is without waiting for partner to double

an opponent had doubled your partner’s inviting you to make a decision. This but with one crucial difference: it

opening bid for take-out. This time we is the call opener will make on at least promises extra values, hence it would

will see what happens next and how you 50% of hands – he will wait for you be forcing. The redoubler is expected

should go about punishing the transgres- (the redoubler) to make a decision. to support one of opener’s suits if he

sors when it is right to do so, and making 3. If opener bids a suit at his second turn, can, or else retreat to no-trumps

a different call when it is not. he is saying he is unsuitable for def- (since a hand that makes a penalty

What happens after a redouble? The ending as he has a poor hand and double of a suit is usually assumed to

most important thing to appreciate is that either extra length in the suit he is re- have a stopper there).

by redoubling you have declared owner- bidding (so rebidding his suit would Note that the redoubler makes his

ship of the hand – you must either play the show six cards) or a shapely two-suiter decision to make a penalty double on

contract yourselves or double the oppo- (so bidding a second suit would the assumption that opener has a

nents for penalties. It is illogical to re- normally show 5-5 in the two suits). normal opening hand – if opener’s

double saying: ‘We have the balance of The higher opener bids, the more hand is significantly different, then

power,’ and then suddenly pass the oppo- shape he has, so a jump to 3t after the redoubler needs to be told.

nents out in 2® on the next round. opening 1´, for example, would

Sometimes, of course, opener isn’t suit- simply show a very shapely hand, e.g. Let’s review some of the Dos and Don’ts of

able for defending: rather than having 13 6-5, without any extra values. This is Redoubling:

points and you owning the hand, he has a known as ‘bidding in front of partner’, a

light opening bid with a six-card suit and similar situation to the one we

a shapely 10 count. How can you tell the looked at in the April issue click Do:

difference? (page 13) when a 1NT link • Make sure that when you redouble

The answer is for opener to describe his opening has been doubled for you have enough values to ‘own the

hand after the redouble. Most of the time penalties. Note that in order to rebid hand’ – if partner is in the habit of

the fourth player will bid and now opener after a redouble, opener must have a liberally applying the Rule of 19

has the option to do one of several things: shapely hand and a low point count – and opening on very slim values,

with a normal six-card suit and then make sure you make up for it

Partner Oppo1 You Oppo2 average 12 points he should just pass. with a sound redouble based on at

1´ Dble Redble 2® Although it can be frustrating for least 10 points.

? the redoubler to be desperate to • Remember that when partner has

double the opponents for penalties redoubled, opener can pass (forcing)

1. If opener doubles, that is a penalty and suddenly see his partner bid if the fourth hand bids a suit and

double showing a good opening bid before he has a chance to do so, opener is not sure whether or not

with some clubs. Typically he would opener must do his duty and show to double him; this will give the

have four, but three good ones and a the full nature of his hand when he redoubler a chance to ‘express an

reasonable hand is fine given that your lacks defensive strength. opinion’, as the saying goes.

redouble invited him to penalise. 4. If opener holds a good hand in terms

These types of hand would be OK for of high-card points, but is very shapely Don’t:

a penalty double of 2® in the above (e.g. a 5-5 16-count), then he must • Redouble when you have no

sequence: pass at his second turn to confirm a interest in penalising the oppo-

fair hand and subsequently pull sition – if you just have a long suit

partner’s penalty double. This auction: and the requisite values, then bid

´ AKJ65 ´ KQ1086 ´ AJ106 your suit instead.

™ 7 ™ 87 ™ Q103 Partner Oppo1 You Oppo2 • Rebid in front of partner’s redouble

t 876 t J3 t K32 1´ Dble Redble 2® when you have a good hand as

® KJ87 ® AK106 ® KQ9 Pass Pass Dble Pass opener – if you don’t give him a

2t chance to double, you are showing a

weak and shapely hand. r

2. If opener passes, he is simply con- would therefore suggest the same very August 2013 English Bridge 13


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