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Penalty Doubles

This is one of the topics I get asked about all the time. There's a reason that I try to avoid covering it, though; it's much safer to assume all doubles are takeout. So if you aren't experienced with takeout doubles, don't read this. Please just skip it. Remember that all doubles are for takeout and go on your way.

Ok. Now that we've gotten rid of those for whom this quiz could do irreparable damage, let's talk about penalty doubles. In the old days before bidding boxes, it was easy to determine whether a double was for penalty or takeout. A takeout doubler would say "double" and a penalty doubler would say "I DOUBLE YOU" while looking around at the other players to let them know that the double was serious. That said, now we have to go by the auction itself. Is a double penalty or takeout? The answer is that there is a spectrum. Some doubles are purely penalty; for instance 2-2-DBL is a penalty double, as is 1-1NT-DBL. Other times doubles are intended for takeout like 1-Dbl. When is it in the middle? How about 4-Dbl. This is a "takeout-ish" double where partner could bid with an extreme hand but will pass without anything interesting to say.

Let's see if we can interpret these doubles and decide what to do with the following problems.

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72
AQJ3
KJ5
Q1042

You are South. Both vulnerable. The auction starts:

West

North

East

(You)

South

1  Dbl
2  Dbl  Pass  ?

Choose One:

Pass

2NT

3

3

3

3

You hold:

9
KQ1054
93
AQJ83

You are South. None vulnerable.

West

North

East

(You)

South

4  Dbl  Pass  ?

Choose One:

Pass

4NT

5

5

5

5NT

6

6

You hold:

AJ32
KQ53
A764

You are South. None vulnerable.

West

North

East

(You)

South

1 Pass  Pass  Dbl
2  Pass  2  Pass
Pass Dbl Pass ?

Choose One:

Pass

2NT

3

3

3

3NT

You hold:

KQJ43
A1042
98
K7

You are South. Both Vulnerable.

West

North

East

(You)

South

1
Dbl  Rdbl  Pass  Pass
2  Dbl  Pass  ?

Choose One:

Pass

2

2NT

3NT

Other

You hold:

986
AQ104
KQJ532

You are South. Vulnerable against Non-Vulnerable.

West

North

East

(You)

South

1
4  Dbl  Pass  ?

Choose One:

Pass

4NT

5

5

5NT

You hold:

AQ843
Q10
AJ76
109

You are South. None vulnerable.

West

North

East

(You)

South

Pass  1
Pass  2 Pass  Pass
3  Dbl  Pass  ?

Choose One:

Pass

3

3NT

4

4

You hold:

98
KQ1095
AJ3
976

You are South. East-West Vulnerable.

West

North

East

(You)

South

2  Pass
Pass  Dbl  Pass  Pass
2  Dbl  Pass  ?