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Support Doubles

When does a takeout double become a support double?

Bidding

A support double is made when you open the bidding, partner responds, and then you double the opponents. It is the opening bidder that makes support doubles not the opposition. You open 1H with your 6 card heart suit and 13 points, partner responds with 1S the opposition overcall 2C and you make a support double "X" - showing exactly 3 cards in partners suit. Partners 3NT shows at least 2 heart suit cards so with your 6 card heart suit bid 4H

Acol Bidding

A support double is made when you open the bidding, partner responds, and then you double the opponents. It is the opening bidder that makes support doubles not the opposition. You open 1H with your 6 card heart suit and 13 points, partner responds with 1S the opposition overcall 2C and you make a support double - showing exactly 3 cards in partners suit. Partners 3NT shows at least 2 heart suit cards so with your 6 card heart suit bid 4H

Your Plan

Dummy goes down and you count your losers 1 in spades 1 in hearts 1 in diamonds and none in clubs. Your best chance of overtricks comes from finessing East for the KH and dropping the QS.

The Play

Win the club opening lead and play a small heart from dummy planning to cover whatever East plays at the lowest level possible. with the KH gone, draw the outstanding trumps counting until you are sure they are all out. Switch to spades and play the AS and KS hoping that the QS will fall - and she does - play the rest of your spades and the rest of the tricks are yours.

Comment

Partner has a 6 card heart suit so should have made a 4S over your 4H. Naughty naughty But you can make 13 tricks in 4H. If you had a 4 card spade suit you would just bid 3S

NOTE: The above commentary is intended as a guideline only. As with any Bridge hand there are many ways to bid and play any hand. Beginners should also make extensive use of the 'Hint' button. The hints are computer generated and quite conservative, but are often useful if you are looking for a good suggestion.

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