The Complete Guide to Takeout Doubles

The Complete Guide to Takeout Doubles

by Mike Lawrence

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781897106877
Publisher: Master Point Press
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mike Lawrence (Tennessee) has Hall of Fame credentials both as a player and a writer. An original member of the Dallas Aces, he has won three world titles and eighteen national titles. Several of his books are widely regarded as classics of the game.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Defining the Takeout Double - Its History 11

How to Use This Book 11

How this book is organized 12

Chapter 1 Four Conventions to Help You with Your Takeout Doubles 13

1 The Michaels Cuebid 13

2 The Responsive Double 14

The responsive double when partner doubles and they raise 14

The responsive double when partner overcalls 16

3 Equal Level Conversion (ELC) 17

4 Lebensohl 18

Chapter 2 The Takeout Double 19

Introduction to the Takeout Double in General 19

RHO Opens with a One-bid: What Variations Are Allowed in the Takeout Doubler's Strength? 20

What Variations Are Allowed in the Takeout Doubler's Shape? 21

Can you make a takeout double with only three cards in an unbid major? 21

Can you make a takeout double with five cards in a minor, suit? 26

Can you make a takeout double with five cards in a major suit? 27

Deviant shapes that may have to make takeout doubles 31

Chapter 3 How Strong Do You Have to Be to Double and Bid Again? 37

How Strong Do You Have to Be to Double and Then Bid a Suit? 37

You double, intending to bid a suit next. Are the requirements the same for all suits? 38

Two extra concerns 39

Don't fall in love with your hand. Is it really worth doubling and bidding a suit? 40

Expert trick - equal level conversion 43

If you double and bid a new suit, is it forcing? 45

How Strong Do You Have to Be to Double and then Bid Notrump? 46

You Double and then Double Again without Hearing a Bid from Partner 48

Chapter 4 The Takeout Double when Both Opponents Have Bid 51

LHO Opens and RHO Bids a Suit at the One-level 51

LHO Opens and RHO Bids 1NT 52

LHO Opens and RHO Raises 54

LHO Opens and RHO Makes a Two-over-one Response 58

Life is not always perfect when you double a two-over-one 60

Responding to partner's double of a two-over-one response 61

When LHO Opens in Third or Fourth Seat and His Partner Uses Drury 63

What should it mean if you double 2? 64

Bidding when their side uses Drury and opener rebids his major 65

Chapter 5 Delayed Doubles - Takeout or Penalty? 67

Your RHO Opens and Rebids His Suit after a One-level Response by His Partner. You Double. What Does It Mean? 67

What Does It Mean if You Pass and Double when RHO Raises His Partner? 70

What Does It Mean if You Pass and Double when RHO Rebids INT? 71

What Does It Mean if You Pass and Double when RHO Rebids a New Suit? 72

What Does It Mean if You Pass and Double when RHO Reverses or Jump Shifts? 72

You Open, the Opponents Bid, and You Double 74

Your Opponent Opens and You Overcall. If You Double Later, Is It For Penalty or Takeout? 80

Chapter 6 Responding when Partner Doubles a One-bid 83

How Should You Respond to Partner's Overcall? 83

More differences between responding to a takeout double and to an overcall 84

Responding to the Takeout Double when RHO Passes 84

Minimum responses to a takeout double 85

The INT response 89

The penalty pass 92

Jumps to 2NT or 3NT 94

The jump in a new suit to the two-level 95

The single jump in a new suit to the three-level 98

The double jump in a new suit to the three-level 98

The cuebid 100

Chapter 7 Responding to a Takeout Double when RHO Raises 109

Bidding when RHO Raises Opener 109

They raise to the two-level 109

They raise to the three-level 111

The Responsive Double: A Tool You Can Use after Partner Makes a Takeout Double 113

When partner doubles a minor suit and they raise to the two-level 113

When partner doubles a major suit and they raise to the two-level 115

Further thoughts on the responsive double 116

RHO Raises Over Your Partner's Takeout Double - Some Difficult Hands 120

When they raise to the two-level 120

When they raise to the three-level 123

When they raise to the four-level 124

Bidding When Your Opponents Use tie Jordan 2NT Raise 125

What can you do when partner doubles a major and RHO uses the Jordan 2NT bid? 126

The Jump in a New Suit after RHO Raises 129

The 2NT and 3NT Bids after RHO Raises 130

Chapter 8 Responding to a Takeout Double when RHO Bids but Does Not Raise 133

RHO Bids a New Suit at the One-level 133

What do you need to bid a suit? 133

What do you need to jump in a new suit? 134

The weak jump in a new suit - optional treatment 135

What do you need to bid 1NT? 135

What does it mean if you double? 136

What does it mean if you bid RHO's suit? 137

Cuebidding opener's suit 138

RHO Bids a New Suit at the Two-level 138

RHO Bids INT over Your Partner's Double 140

What tricks can you use when RHO bids INT over your partner's double? 141

Summing up this method 243

RHO Redoubles over Your Partner's Takeout Double 144

When you have a boring hand 144

What does it mean if you pass the redouble? 146

Three expert tricks that you can use when RHO redoubles 147

Chapter 9 RHO Opens and LHO Bids Something, Partner Doubles for Takeout 155

RHO Bids a Suit and LHO Bids a Suit. Partner Doubles 155

RHO Bids a Suit and LHO Bids 1NT. Partner Doubles 157

RHO Bids a Suit and LHO Raises. Partner Doubles 158

RHO Bids a Suit and LHO Makes a Two-over-one Bid. Partner Doubles or Bids a Suit 159

Chapter 10 A Number of Situations Involving Delayed Doubles and Some Judgment 161

What Is Partner Doing? 161

Chapter 11 Doubler's Continuations: Common Bidding Situations 169

Partner Passes the Double for Penalty 169

LHO Bids and Your Partner Passes 170

You Double, LHO Passes 173

Your partner makes a simple response, RHO passes 173

Partner jumps in a new suit, RHO passes 177

Partner makes a double jump in a new suit, RHO passes 183

Partner makes a cuebid 183

Partner bids INT 184

Partner makes a simple response. RHO bids something 186

You Double and LHO Redoubles 187

Your partner passes 187

Your partner bids something 189

Your partner makes an impossible bid 192

You Double, LHO Bids, and Partner Does Something 193

You double, LHO bids a new suit, and your partner bids a new suit 193

You double, LHO bids a new suit, and your partner jumps in a suit 196

You double, LHO bids a new suit, and your partner cuebids one of their suits 197

You double, LHO bids a new suit, and your partner doubles 198

You double, LHO bids INT, and your partner bids a suit 199

You double, LHO raises, and your partner bids a suit 200

You double, LHO raises, and your partner makes a responsive double 204

You double, LHO bids something, and your partner bids INT 206

You double, LHO passes, and your partner makes a cuebid 206

You double, LHO raises, and your partner makes a cuebid 207

Chapter 12 Continuing with 18 or More Points but Only Three-card Support for Partner 209

How Do You Show 18 or More Support Points with Three-card Support? 209

Case 1 Your partner responds at the one-level to your takeout double and opener passes 209

Case 2 Your partner responds to your takeout double and opener rebids his suit 212

Case 3 Your partner responds to your takeout double and opener bids a new suit 214

How do you continue when your partner makes a free bid at the one-level? 216

Chapter 13 Irksome Auctions and Agreements to Help With Them 221

Auctions Where Your Side Doubles an Opponent and Someone Redoubles 221

How do you find your best contract? 221

Your partner makes a balancing double and opener redoubles 221

They Bid and Raise. Your Partner Doubles. Opener Redoubles 222

How do you find your best contract? 222

RHO Opens with a Preempt and You Double for Takeout. LHO Redoubles, Announcing a Big Hand. This Is Passed to You 224

What's going on? 224

You Use Michaels or the Unusual Notrump and Then Make a Double 225

You Preempt, they Bid, and Your Partner Passes. Can You Bid Again? 227

Chapter 14 Responder's Second Bid after Partner's Takeout Double 229

Responder Makes a Simple Response to a Takeout Double 229

Responder Makes a Jump Response to a Takeout Double 233

Responder Makes a Cuebid in Response to a Takeout Double 235

Chapter 15 The Opponents Open with a Preempt 237

The Rule of 7 237

When RHO Opens with a Weak Two-bid 238

When LHO Opens with a Weak Two-bid and RHO Bids 239

When RHO raises to the three-level 239

When RHO responds 2NT 240

When RHO bids a new suit in response to a weak two 241

When RHO raises to game 242

When RHO Opens with a Three-bid 243

When They Open with 4 or 4 243

When They Open with 4 or 4 244

Bidding over a 4 opening bid 244

Bidding when they open 4 245

When you double 4 245

The 4NT bid over 4 247

Chapter 16 LHO Opens with a Weak Two-bid and Partner Doubles 249

Standard Bidding vs. Lebensohl 249

The Lebensohl Convention 250

How does Lebensohl work? 251

Three optional Lebensohl bidding tricks 253

Examples 257

When they open with a weak two-bid and partner doubles in the balancing seat 263

Chapter 17 LHO Opens with a Weak Three-bid and Partner Doubles 264

When They Open with a Weak Three-bid and Partner Doubles 264

Responding to partner's double of a three-bid 264

Chapter 18 Some New Science Versus Preempts 268

Leaping Michaels against Weak Two-bids in a Major 268

Leaping Michaels against Weak Three-bids in a Major 269

Leaping Michaels when They Respond 2NT to a Major-suit Weak Two-bid 270

Chapter 19 Balancing Doubles 272

Introduction to Balancing Doubles 272

The Balancing Double when LHO Opens and RHO Passes 273

The Balancing Double when the Opponents Bid and Raise 273

The Balancing Double when the Opponents Bid and Do Not Find a Fit 274

The Reopening Penalty Double when the Opponents End Up in 1NT 275

The Balancing Takeout Double when LHO Opens with a Preempt and RHO Passes 276

The Rule of 7 and the Rule of 8 or 9 276

Review Hands 279

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