This week, we continue with hands showing takeout double principles. Do you agree with the bidding shown and if not, what would you do to improve it?
West led the ♣J, and South got in eventually with the ♣K. The diamonds divided 4–2, so there were nine top tricks. South decided he was happy with nine tricks so he took them. Two spades, one heart, five diamonds, and one club were enough to make 3NT.
How do you feel about all this?
When they got around to the play, West led the ♣2 and East took the first three tricks with the ♣A K J. West followed three times. East led the ♦A next, and South managed the rest of the tricks. If East had led a low diamond instead of the ace, South would have needed a winning guess.
Aside from the play, what to you think of the bidding?