Takeout doubles can be dangerous to your partnership harmony if not handled properly.
1. What’s so difficult about takeout doubles?
2. Why do so many “accidents” happen after takeout doubles?
To answer the questions from above, takeout doubles are not really difficult if you avoid certain pitfalls, including takeout doubles with inappropriate distribution — for example, lacking support for unbid suits without compensating high-card values and a strong suit. The following disaster is a case in point.
Here is another example of a poor takeout double.