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How to Compete After Your RHO Doubles

How to Compete After Your RHO Doubles

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Learn how to compete when your RHO doubles your partner's opening bid.

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An exciting and new audio-visual and interactive teaching method from Marty Bergen.

Marty's audio visual format significantly enhances your learning experience:

  • The combination of voice and visual effects makes it easier to understand what Marty is teaching.
  • The lesson is interactive, so students "learn by doing."
  • You can proceed at your own pace.
  • You can play and replay all or some of the lesson whenever you choose as many times as you like.
  • The lesson includes a written easy to read transcript for you to study.
  • The lesson contains several hours of extensive material.
  • The lesson is designed to work on most popular computers and browsers, including Windows, Mac, and iPad.

Approximate running time of this lesson: 110 minutes.

In this lesson:

Knowing what to do after your partner opens and your right hand opponent (RHO) doubles is far from trivial. In some situations, you should ignore the double and take the same action you would have made if your RHO had passed.

However, at other times, that is not the case. In fact, because the meaning of certain calls is very different from the way they are defined in a non-competitive auction, there is a lot more to this topic that many players realise.

Every partnership must also be on their toes regarding conventions. After an opponent’s takeout double, many conventions should not apply. However, experience has demonstrated that many players are unable to answer the $64,000 question: What is on, and what is off?

Marty will discuss the following topics:

  • What’s the key? HCP or distribution?
  • Which conventions are now off?
  • Which conventions are still on?
  • Which bids retain their usual meaning?
  • Which bids have a very different meaning?
  • How does “redouble” affect responder’s actions?
  • How weak should you be for a weak jump shift (WJS) or weak jump raise (WJR)?
  • What 5-star convention is greatly under-appreciated?

Here is an example of what Marty will discuss in this lesson:

The opponents are vulnerable. You hold ♠K1065 64 ♣976543

Your partner opens 1♠ and RHO doubles. What is your call?

Bid 4♠ - there is an excellent chance that the opponents will get to 4. Would you ever want to defend that contract and risk being -620? No thanks!

With your trumps, distribution, and favorable vulnerability, this advanced sacrifice is clearly indicated.

In fact, even if your opposition is not headed for 4 this hand has so much offense that 4♠ will often have good play. Whoever was the first to say, “6-4, bid more” definitely knew what he was talking about.

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