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PENALTY PASS

To pass a takeout or optional double thus effectively converting it to a penalty double.

For example:

East’s double is for takeout, expecting West to bid something. West’s pass is a penalty pass, indicating a wish to defend 3 doubled.

You will need a long strong trump holding to make a penalty pass, especially if you are under the declarer, as partner is likely to be short in the suit.

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