1. A 14-point hand is very good. Why can’t you double and bid notrump with that hand if you have a stopper in the suit that was opened?
2. What are the dangers regarding partner’s possible responses?
You may survive a bad bidding decision — for example, making a takeout double with 14 high-card points and then bidding notrump — but that doesn’t make it a good auction. In fact, coming out of a bad auction without a disaster is even worse than being punished for your sins. You may not realize you have done wrong.
Here are a couple of examples to make my point.
1. ♠ A J 9 2 ♥ 10 4 ♦ A 10 ♣ K Q 5 4 3
Would you make any of the calls that South made? Do you expect to make 3NT? What kind of hand do you expect North to have? Write down an example of a 3♥ bid by North.
2. ♠ A Q J 7 ♥ K J 3 2 ♦ K Q 3 ♣ 9 3
Here are five important questions. Do you double 1♦? Do you bid 1NT? If you double, what do you bid if partner bids 1♥? If you double, what do you bid if partner bids 1♠? If you double, what do you bid if your partner bids 2♣?