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Week 0200 : 22nd April 2024



When the opponents bid to 3NT, a double by the defender who will not be on lead usually acts as lead-directing double, asking for a particular lead, often dummy’s first bid suit.

If both defenders have bid a different suit, the double asks partner to lead his own suit rather than that of the doubler.

If nobody has bid a suit, a double shows a long solid suit and asks partner to lead his shortest suit.

On both auctions, West’s double asks for a club lead.

On the first auction, East would be likely to lead a spade or a diamond without the double. On the second auction, East would be likely to lead a spade without the double.

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