LESSON 20.5: REACTING TO PARTNER'S PENALTY DOUBLE

a)

Dealer: South

North

J 9
7
J 10 8 4 2
A Q 9 7 3

South

West

North

East

1
Double

1
Pass

2
?

2
 

3 (6-9 TP   5+   1- ) closing

Against a low-level contract, remove partner's penalty double with a void in the opponents' suit or with a singleton and less than three quick tricks

b)

Dealer: West

North

J 9 7 4
7
J 10 8 4
K Q 9 7

South

West

North

East

1
Double

3
Pass

Pass
?

4
 

4 (6-10 TP   4+ ) closing

Against a high-level contract, either pass with a balanced or near-balanced hand or raise partner with an undisclosed four-card or more trump support

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