Saturday, January 28, 2012

Optional Penalty Doubles when Opponents open preempt at 2, 3 or 4 level


1.1.       They open Weak 2


Are you tired of people pre-empting with 5 card suit? This method gives you the option of penalizing them.

For a Weak 2D: Double = takeout

For a Weak 2H/2♠:

            Double = Optional Penalty

            2NT = Conventional takeout, up to 16 HCP or more if no Club tolerance

            3♣ = Conventional NF takeout, 17+ HCP and tolerance for Clubs. This bid is non-forcing which is why you need to have tolerance for Clubs.

If the double is not left in, respond using Lebenshol.

1.2.       They open 3 or 4 level Pre-empt


Opening
Double is
Conv. Takeout bid
3♣
Penalty
3D
3D
Takeout
na
3H
Penalty
4♣
3♠
Penalty
4♣

This method is called 3X-4X. Balancing doubles are for takeout.

For 4 level pre-empts, doubles are optional, except for 4♠ which is penalty. 4NT is takeout over 4♠ and for the minors over 4H. As the double is optional, doubler should have 3 or 4 cards in each major should advancer take out the double.

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