SUMMARY 8. TAKEOUT DOUBLE

a) Requirements

 - A 13+ HCP opening hand
 - 3+ card support for the unbid suits (4+ cards in the unbid najors)

b) Strategy of takeout doubles

 - A takeout double requests partner to declare his longer unbid suit

 - A takeout double must be made at the first opportunity to double and partner must not have yet made any positive call (other than Pass)

 - The best distributions for takeout doubles are 5-4-4-0 or 4-4-4-1 or 5-4-3-1

c) General rules of responses to a takeout double

 - It is mandatory to respond to partner's takeout double even with a very weak hand unless right-hand opponent bids

 - Responder may pass holding good trumps and quick tricks in the other suits
   quick tricks dans les autres couleurs

 - Give a preference to a major suit

 - Assume a fit has been reached (consider your total point-count)

 - A notrump response promises one or more stoppers for the opponents' suit

d) Responses to partner's takeout double of an opponent's ONE HEART opening

Responses

Points

Distribution

Meaning

1

0-8 TP

unspecified

weak hand

1NT

0-8 HCP

1+ stopper for opponent's suit

weak hand

2

0-8 TP

unspecified

weak hand

2

0-8 TP

unspecified

weak hand

2

12+ TP

unspecified

1 round

2

9-11 TP

4/5+ trumps

invit. to game

2NT

9-11 HCP

1 1/2 + stoppers for opponent's suit

invit. to game

3

9-11 TP

4/5+ trumps

invit. to game

3

9-11 TP

4/5+ trumps

invit. to game

3NT

12-15 HCP

1 1/2 + stoppers for opponent's suit

closing