1. What do I do with a good hand when partner makes a takeout double?
2. How do I make the most descriptive bid?
When your partner makes a takeout double, one of the things that you must do is make a descriptive response. I have seen nightmare auctions like the following. Here are three deals from actual play. Judge who made correct bids and who made bad bids. You may laugh at one or more of these hands, but I promise they came from actual play, and some of the players had more than 100 masterpoints.
The defense was poor and East made 11 tricks. But 10 tricks were cold. Both East and West complained that their partner should have bid more. Who was right?2.
East made 10 tricks. East said West should have raised spades. West had a few choice words, too. Who was right?3.
This one made six. West said he had bid enough when he bid game, but East complained that he had no way to know if there were two club losers. Who was right?