LESSON 20.2: REQUIREMENTS FOR A PENALTY DOUBLE

a)

Dealer: South

North

A Q J 8 5
10
10 8 5
K 10 9 3

South

West

North

East

1

2

?

 

Penalty double (10+ HCP   4+   1- ) closing

A double is for penalty when partner has already made a positive bid

see 14. Negative doubles

b)

Dealer: West

North

A Q J 8
K Q 10
A 8
Q 10 9 3

South

West

North

East

 

1NT

?

 

Penalty double (16+ HCP   balanced hand)

The double of a notrump bid is always for penalty except of an opponent's limited 1NT response

c)

Dealer: South

North

A J 7 6
10
K 10 5 4
Q 10 9 3

South

West

North

East

 
Pass

1
Pass

Pass
?

1NT
 

Takeout double (10+ HCP   support of other suits) 1 round

The double of a limited 1NT response is always for takeout; in the balancing seat, a takeout double may be used with as few as 10 HCP when holding an almost-perfect distribution

d)

Dealer: South

North

A
A Q 7 6
K Q 9 5
Q 10 9 3

South

West

North

East

 
Pass

1
Pass

Pass
?

3
 

Penalty double (16+ HCP   4+ ) closing

A double is for penalty when made by a player who has not made any positive bid before the auction reached the three level

e)

Dealer: South

North

A
A J 7 6
K J 9 5
Q 10 9 3

South

West

North

East

 
Pass
Pass

1
2
Pass

Pass
Pass
?

2
2NT
 

Penalty double (16+ HCP   4+ ) closing

A double is for penalty when the opponents have bid three suits and when their first response was at the two level

f)

Dealer: South

North

Q 10 3
A J 7
J 9
A Q J 10 3

South

West

North

East

 
?

1NT
 

Pass
 

2
 

Penalty double and lead-directing (13+ HCP   4/5+ ) closing

The double of any artificial bid requests partner to lead the suit

see Lesson 30. Other opening leads

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