1. How can you tell if a hand is okay for doubling and bidding notrump?
2. How can you tell how high to bid after doubling?
It is all right to make a takeout double and then bid notrump if you have extra strength and stoppers in opener’s suit. I will give a couple of examples of how to manage these big hands so that you don’t get into a lot of trouble.
1. ♠ Q 7 4 ♥ A Q 8 ♦ K J 7 6 ♣ A K Q
Did South call correctly?
2. ♠ Q J 8 ♥ K J 3 ♦ A K J 2 ♣ K J 5
What do you think of South’s double? What do you think of South’s 1NT bid? What do you think of South’s pass?