LESSON 15.3: DEFENSE AGAINST AN OPPONENT'S WEAK OPENING
AT THE FOUR LEVEL

a)

Dealer: West

North

A J 9 5
A Q J 10
7
A J 10 6

South

West

North

East

-

4

?

 

Double (16-18 HCP   3/4   3/4 ) game

Double for takeout with 16-18 HCP and support for both major suits

see Lesson 18. Takeout doubles

b)

Dealer: West

North

A J 9 5
J 10
A Q 7
A J 10 6

South

West

North

East

-

4

?

 

Take-out double (16-18 HCP   3/4 ) game

Double for takeout with 16-18 HCP and support for the unbid major

see Lesson 18. Takeout doubles

c)

Dealer: West

North

A J 9 5
J 10
A Q 7
A J 10 6

South

West

North

East

-

4

?

 

Penalty double (16-18 HCP   4+ ) closing

The double of a 4 preemptive opening is for takeout while the double of a 4 preempt is always for penalty

see Lesson 20. Penalty doubles

d)

Dealer: West

North

5
J 10
A Q J 10 7
A K 10 6 4

South

West

North

East

-

4

?

 

4NT (16+ TP   5+   5+ ) game

A 4NT overcall over a 4 preemptive opening shows 5-5 in both major suits

see Lesson 18. Takeout doubles

e)

Dealer: West

North

J 10
A K Q 6 4
A Q J 10 7
5

South

West

North

East

-

4

?

 

4NT (16+ TP   5+   5+   or 5+ ) game

A 4NT overcall over a 4 preemptive opening shows 5-5 in two of the three unbid suits

see Lesson 18. Takeout doubles

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