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IMPs. N-S vulnerable.
♠K 5   A 8 7 5  A Q 9 5  ♣A Q 10

West North East South
Pass Pass 1 Dbl
1♠ Pass 2♠ ?

What’s Your Call?

3♣ 3 3 3♠ 3NT
4♣ 4 4 4♠ 4NT
5♣ 5 5 5♠ 5NT
6♣ 6 6 6♠ 6NT
7♣ 7 7 7♠ 7NT
Dbl Pass
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Bid Award
Pass 100
Dbl 70
2NT 40
Not a pinochle deck

Should we bid again? It sounds like partner is broke. Half the panel chooses to pass.

Walker: “I pass and hope for a small plus. Partner won’t enjoy playing at the three level in a 4–3 fit.”

Joyces: “We don’t have enough shape to bid again. If partner is 4–3–3–3 with a Yarborough, we would be in a lot of trouble.”

Coopers: “This is not a pinochle deck, so we are not going to have a game if partner couldn’t bid over 1♠. A notrump bid was the plan when we doubled. At pairs, we might still do that, but at IMPs, it is way too dangerous for not enough gain.”

Robinson: “I don’t believe in making takeout doubles when I’m short in an unbid major, unless there is no alternative. I would have overcalled 1NT. Now I have no choice but to pass. Partner does get another chance to bid, so if he has six low clubs or four low hearts, maybe he’ll balance.”

Lawrence: “My good hand does not have tricks, making another bid dangerous.”

Falk: “Partner rates to be broke, so why force him to bid a suit when we may only have a seven-card fit? They charge extra for vulnerable undertricks.”

Seven experts choose to double a second time.

Kennedy: “Partner could have a four- or five-card heart suit. Also, the opponents might take the push to 3♠.”

Sutherlins: “Partner holding K 10 6 4 3 would be enough to make game. If we pass, partner is unlikely to balance.”

Stack: “I cannot give up with such a great hand. There is no reason to believe that we can’t make a partscore or game even though partner can’t have many HCP.”

Boehm: “Double is risky if partner has a flat Yarborough. Non-vulnerable opponents don’t always have full values these days.”

Colchamiro: “Double should be unanimous.”

Cohen: “We could still have game if partner has:

♠8 7 6   K 9 6 4 3  6 3  ♣J 4 3

What about notrump?

“2NT,” says Sanborn. “I don’t want to sell out to 2♠, and I don’t want partner to bid 3♣ on a four-card suit, something that could happen if I double again. I don’t expect to make anything, but maybe I can do a little pushing.”

Sometimes you have to pass with a good hand. As the Joyces point out, bidding again could cause trouble.

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