LESSON 12.4: FORCING BIDS AND TAKEOUT DOUBLES

a) Is South's bid forcing ?

Dealer: South

North

J 7 5
5
J 5 4 3
10 9 7 6 3

South

West

North

East

 
Double (?)

1
 

Pass
 

Pass
 

The double is forcing

A takeout double (X) is forcing unless followed by an opponent's interference or when responder holds four to six good cards in the opponent's suit

see Lesson 18. Takeout doubles

b) Is South's bid forcing ?

Dealer: South

South

A J 7 5
5 4 2
K 5 4 3
A Q 7

South

West

North

East

 
2 (?)

1
 

Double
 

Pass
 

2 is forcing

The only forcing response to a takeout double is a cuebid in the opponent's suit

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