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Competitive decisions can be some of the hardest we face in bidding. Unfortunately, most opponents are no longer content to let us have the auction all to ourselves. That means that you face competitive auctions much more frequently than constructive ones.

 

Some good guidelines:

- Prioritize finding a major fit--if you have a choice of doubling to show an opening hand and the other suits or bidding hearts/spades to show a five-card suit, try to show the major.

- Don't paint yourself into a corner--if you have the wrong shape for a takeout double don't force it or you might have to do something unpleasant later.

- Pass doesn't mean that you don't have a good hand--auctions rarely end after you've taken one call. You'll likely get a chance later.

You are South and you hold: 

♠ AKJ94  
♥ 43  
♦ J32  
♣ K65
 

EW Vulnerable

West
 
North
(Partner)
East
 
South
(You)
   1♠  1♠  ?
Choose One:

Pass

Double

1NT

2NT

3NT

 You are South and you hold:

♠ 76  
♥ AQ5  
♦ KQ632  
♣ KJ4
 

None Vulnerable

West
 
North
(Partner)
East
 
South
(You)
 
 
 1♠
 ?

 What is your call?

Choose One:

Pass

Double

1NT

2♠

Other

  You are South and you hold: 

♠ 54  
♥ 543  
♦ AQJ109  
♣ AK3
 

North-South Vul

West
 
North
(Partner)
East
 
South
(You)
 
 Pass
 1♠
 ?

 What is your call?

Choose One:

Pass

Double

1NT

2♠

Other

  No one is vulnerable. You are South and you hold: 

♠ 5 
♥ A7 
♦ KQ532  
♣ K8432

 

West
 
North
(Partner)
East
 
South
(You)
 
 2♠
 3♠
 ?

What is your call?

Choose One:

Pass

Double

3NT

4♠

4♠

  You are South and you hold: 

♠ KQ54  
♥ 982  
♦ AQJ5  
♣ Q3
 

All Vul

West
 
North
(Partner)
East
 
South
(You)
 
 
 1♠
 ?

 What is your call?

Choose One:

Pass

Double

1♠

1NT

2♠