# Mike’s Bridge Quiz

The discussion of takeout doubles continues with some examples of what not to do when competing.

1. What do I need to make a takeout double?
2. Can you provide some examples of incorrect bidding?

When you make takeout doubles with inappropriate hands, you will sometimes land on your feet. It is true that the worst does not have to happen, but it will happen often enough that it smarts. Over time, bad takeout doubles (and bad responses to good takeout doubles) will erode partnership confidence. It’s best to learn the correct way from the start.

See if you can spot the mistakes in the following example deals.

Dlr:
East
Vul:
None
North
♠ 9 7 2
K J 9 4 2
Q 8 3
♣ 9 5
West
♠ 10 8 3
Q 5
J 5
♣ K J 8 7 6 3
East
♠ Q 6 5 4
A 10 8
A K 10 4
♣ 4 2
South
♠ A K J
7 6 3
9 7 6 2
♣ A Q 10
 WEst North East South 1♦ Dbl 2♣ 1♥ All Pass

Two calls are in question here: South’s double and North’s 2 bid.

South should not double. He has bad shape, and the 14 high-card points are no adequate compensation for that defect. Double is definitely a bad call. Semantics note: a call is any action you take when it’s your turn, including pass, double, redouble and any bid. A bid names a number of tricks and a denomination. All bids are calls, but not all calls are bids.

North should bid 2. He expects that South will have better shape and expects that his five-card heart suit will be worth a lot. North’s bidding is impeccable.

The result is down two in 2. You might like to figure out how that happens. If South correctly passes at his turn instead of doubling, the result would likely be 1NT by West, down one much of the time.

Dlr:
East
Vul:
None
North
♠ K Q J 6
Q 4 2
7 4
♣ 10 9 8 2
West
♠ 10 5 4 2
9 5
J 8 2
♣ K 7 6 3
East
♠ A 9 3
A 10 8 6
Q 10 5 3
♣ A 5
South
♠ 8 7
K J 7 3
A K 9 6
♣ Q J 4
 WEst North East South 1♦ Dbl Pass 1♠ Pass 1NT Pass 3NT All Pass