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Responding to a Takeout Double -- Part 1

When your partner makes a takeout double, your "response" shows two things:

1) Your best suit (or notrump)

and

It continually amazes me how many intermediate-level students get part 2 wrong. They respond to a takeout double as if they are responding to partner's opening bid. Contrast the following two situations:

WestNorthEastSouth
1 Pass  ??

versus

WestNorthEastSouth
1 Double Pass ??

In each case, suppose South holds:

65
KQ87
A32
J765

In the first auction, he responds 1 and the opener must bid again (1 is forcing one round--it shows 6+ points).

The second auction is very different! South must not bid 1. It does not show 6+. It shows 0-8. His partner doesn't have to bid again. When responding to a takeout double, a non-jump (such as 1) could be a very bad hand. What is South to do with, say,

432
5432
432
432?

He can't pass and defend against 1 doubled. He must take out to 1 (0-8). If he had the same hand when his partner opened 1, he could just pass and let partner play in 1.

Once you understand and remember the difference, the schedule of responses (listed below) to partner's takeout double is logical. In the chart, notrump bids are also shown. Those are treated a little bit differently than taking out to a suit (with the explanation being shown in the chart).

After partner's low-level takeout double (responding to high-level takeout doubles will be covered in the next article/quiz), bid as follows:

Non-jump suit bid=0-8 HCP and at least a 4-card suit (occasionally it will be a 3-card suit as you will see in one of the quiz answers).  Example:

WestNorthEastSouth
1  Double  Pass  2

A4
652
J6532
762

Single Jump in a suit=9-11 HCP and at least a 4-card suit (INVITATIONAL--the doubler can pass).

Example:

WestNorthEastSouth
1  Double  Pass  2

A3
AJ762
5432
54

1NT = 6-10 balanced and the opponent's suit stopped.
2NT = 11-12 balanced and the opponent's suit stopped [INVITATIONAL].
3NT = 13-15 balanced and the opponent's suit stopped.

Those are the basic ways to take out partner's takeout doubles. Here are a few other possible ways to take out the double:

Double jump = 6-card suit, semi-preemptive (this is my modern-day recommendation--in some books, this is defined differently)

Example:

WestNorthEastSouth
1  Double  Pass  3

5
KJ8765
54
J765

Jump to game = Usually a 5+ card suit and enough for game (good hand). Example:

WestNorthEastSouth
1  Double  Pass  4

654
AKJ65
3
KJ52

Cuebid = Game forcing (opening bid strength) -- not sure where you are headed. Example:

WestNorthEastSouth
1  Double  Pass  2

AQ76
KJ65
32
A106

If the takeout double is after a preempt, the same basic principles apply (there will be an example in the quiz).

With neither side vulnerable, you are South. What is your call with this hand on the auction shown?

KQJ5
KJ
6542
J32

WestNorthEastSouth
1  Double  Pass  ??
Choose One:

PASS

1

1NT

2

With neither side vulnerable, you are South. What is your call with this hand on the auction shown?

J52
43
65432
832

WestNorthEastSouth
1  Double  Pass  ??
Choose One:

Pass

1

1NT

2

2

With neither side vulnerable, you are South. What is your call with this hand on the auction shown?

K3
J109865
2
8732

WestNorthEastSouth
1  Double  Pass  ??
Choose One:

1

2

2

3

4

With neither side vulnerable, you are South. What is your call with this hand on the auction shown?

AQ1085
K2
42
10976

WestNorthEastSouth
2  Double  Pass  ??
Choose One:

2

2NT

3

4

With neither side vulnerable, you are South. What is your call with this hand on the auction shown?

QJ5
KJ2
KJ2
J1082

WestNorthEastSouth
1  Double  Pass  ??
Choose One:

Pass

1NT

2

2NT

3

3NT

Not vulnerable against vulnerable, you are South. What is your call on this hand with the auction shown below?

87
KQ1098
A764
54

WestNorthEastSouth
2  Double  Pass  ?

Choose One:

Pass

2NT

3

3NT

None vulnerable, you are South. What is your call on this hand with the auction shown?

85
KQ104
J8432
84

WestNorthEastSouth
1  Double  Pass  ?
Choose One:

Pass

1

1

2

2