Protective Doubles in Bridge

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Protective doubling is when someone has bid and the next two players have passed, ie 1♥ – pass – pass – ?. The bidding is about to end if you pass in 4th position, so you should do everything possible to keep the bidding open for two reasons:

  • Your partner could have up to 14 points, so you are protecting her good hand and your side may well have a contract of their own
  • You will force the opponents to bid up a level and they may now go down

So when you are in the protective position, after two passes and the bidding is about to die:

  • Borrow a King, so double on as little as 9+ points
Lesson tags: bidding, double, protective double
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