Author: Larry Cohen
Date of publish: 10/05/2008
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Theodore Lightner invented the idea of doubling a slam to ask for an unusual lead. "Unusual" typically means one of two things:
- Doubler has a void and wants a ruff.
- Doubler wants dummy's suit led.
The doubler expects that without alerting his partner to the need for a special lead, the slam will make. Lightner doubles are not alertable.
Say you are on lead after this auction:
You hold: 5
Q J 7
10 8 7 6 5 3 2
. Likely, partner has a club void, so a club lead is indicated. (It isn't likely a diamond lead is needed based on your hand and the auction).
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