You have written a lot about takeout doubles and how to respond.
Can you provide some examples of the principles at work?
There have been lots of articles on the takeout double in the last couple of months. These final articles will look at some hands showing takeout double principles at work.
1. West is the dealer. No one is vulnerable.
3♥ was down two. Nothing terrible happened, but it was not a good result because 2♠ would have been down one. Comment on the auction. Which bids do you like and which bids do you not like?
2. East is the dealer. North–South are vulnerable.
4♥ was easy to make. Comment on the auction. Which bids do you like and which bids do you not like? Would you have bid differently? Do you think either of the following rules applies?
Rule 1 – Just because you bid to a contract and make it does not mean you bid properly. You might have been lucky in the play or perhaps the defense did something silly.
Rule 2 – Just because you bid to a contract and go down 800 does not mean that you bid badly. You might have reached a good contract and run into filthy luck. If you bid game and find trumps dividing 5–0 and three finesses offside, that’s bad luck, not bad judgment.