After a redouble
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What do do when a take-out double gets redoubled


Opener opens one of a suit, next hand (overcaller) doubles and the next hand redoubles. This redouble is discussed in General Bridge Topics > When RHO doubles. What should advancer (overcaller's partner) bid, and what should overcaller bid if advancer and opener both pass?


The redouble has promised that opener's side has the balance of power; they will generally make the redoubled contract and they will seek to penalise you wherever you run. So the overcaller/advancer side need to find the best playable spot.


The basic guidelines are: -


Advancer's bid after RHO has redoubled


Advancer necessarily has a poor hand (opener is presumably 12+, doubler is presumably 11+ and re-doubler is 9 +) and so he has a maximum of 8 points. But, assuming that partner is minimum for his double then he is playable in the three unbid suits.


In general advancer should pass unless he has a 5 card suit, which he should bid. There are a two exceptions: -


If the opening was a minor and advancer has just one 4-card major, then bid it (pass with both 4-card majors).


If the opening was 1 then advancer should bid 1 with a four card suit.

  Examples. With all of these hands LHO opens 1, partner doubles and RHO redoubles  
Hand A Hand B Hand C Hand D Hand E
7643 764 764 76 7643
432 432 K765 KJ108 432
A754 A7654 765 Q54 A7654
8754 65 765 J542 5
Hand A: bid 1, partner presumably has a 4 card suit and you do not want him to bid a 5-card suit at the two level. If partner does not like 's then he has a very big hand, which is unlikely in view of the redouble.
Hand B: bid 2
Hand C: pass, let partner pick the suit. Do not bid 1NT, that promises 6-9 points.
Hand D: bid 1NT.
Hand E: you have a choice (1 or 2 ). I would always bid 1 because it's a level lower and my partners usually have 4 's for a double of 1 (or a very big hand, unlikely in this scenario).

Opener’s rebid when partner has redoubled


Unless he has a very shapely hand opener nearly always passes.


Overcaller’s bid having doubled and heard a redouble from LHO


Assuming the redouble is passed back to the doubler, he needs to find the best playable contract. If he has a 5 card suit he should bid it, or else bid the cheapest 4 card suit.


Examples. In all of these examples you have doubled a 1 opening from RHO and LHO has redoubled and this is passes back to you.

Hand F Hand G Hand H Hand J Hand K
4 4 5 KJ10 4
A754 A7654 AK4 AJ4 AJ75
A754 AQ64 Q54 K954 AJ754
Hand F: bid 1, simple.
Hand G: bid 2
Hand H: you had intended to bid 2 over a minimum response from partner, to show a hand too good for a 1 overcall. But now that LHO has shown a good hand, settle for 1.
Hand J: you intended to bid No Trumps over partner's minimum response to show a
  hand too good for an immediate 1NT overcall. The best bid now is 1NT – do not pass – it will be easier for you to make 7 tricks in No Trumps than in 's although you are quite likely to make only 5 or 6 t rick s as partner is obviously totally bust. But going down in 1NT (even if it gets doubled) is much better then them making 1 redoubled.
Hand K: bid 2. If partner had 4 's he would have bid them.

Under virtually no circumstances should doubler pass the redoubled contract. There are a couple of amusing cases of this happening in News-sheets 244 and 245.

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