Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Support Double Auctions

So, I know there are way more readers than the 7 that responded to the last poll. In fact, traffic data indicates around 25-30 regular readers so let's hear your opinion this time (you can answer the poll anonymously).

What is standard for what a new suit by responder means after opener makes a support double? I've searched the internet for what is standard for responder bidding a new suit below 2 of the support suit and have not found anything. some other support double questions you might want to agree on with partner.
Are support doubles on after 1m-(1H)-1S-(2H), when responder has shown 5 spades?
Are support doubles on after 1m-(P)-1M-(1NT)?
Are support doubles on after 1m-(1H)-X-(2H)?

After the auction has gone, 1C-P-1H-1S; X-P, select which of the following statements you agree with (you may vote for several answers).
2D is natural non-forcing
2D is a game try with hearts agreed
2D is a game try with clubs agreed
2D is natural and forcing, like any other new suit by responder
2H tends to promise 5
2S is a game try with hearts agreed
3C or 3H is forcing
3C or 3H is invitational free polls

1 comment:

  1. In the first auction, Megan and I agree (I think) that a support double still makes sense. It's nice to be able to distinguish between 3- and 4-card support at the 2-level, which makes it easier to make competitive decisions at the 3-level if you know the combined partnership trump holding. And I personally need all the help I can get with competitive decision-making.

    In the second auction, I think we play support doubles (I should probably ask Megan!), but I'm not sure what's best--this will lose whenever opener has, say, 18-19 balanced. It should probably depend on whether 1NT was "sandwich"; if it is, then doubling for penalty is probably irrelevant and we should be assessing our heart fit.

    In the third auction, I think it shows three spades and at least four in each minor.