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Support Double

The support double is a double, as the name suggests, which shows just 3 card support for partners bid MAJOR suit. Most partnerships just play this up to the 2 level.

Also if a double is made of partners suit then a re-double by partner also shows 3 card support.

If you are playing support doubles it means that bids of partners suit show 4 card support.

Let’s look at some examples

All of these are example of support doubles.

Auction 1

  • 1♣ – P – 1 – 1♠
  • D*

Shows 3 card heart support

Auction 2

  • 1♣ – 1 – 1 – 2
  • D*

Shows 3 card heart support

Auction 3

  • 1♣ – P – 1♠ – 2
  • D*

Shows 3 card spade support

Auction 4

  • 1♣ – P – 1♠ – 2
  • 2♠

This now shows 4 card support because you didn’t double.

Auction 5

  • 1♣ – P – 1♠ – D
  • RD

The RD doesn’t show extra points it just shows you have an opening hand and you’ve got 3 spades in your hand.

Picture Jumps

Picture jumps are used in the 2/1 bidding system.

If we start with an auction, with no intervening bidding such as:-

  • 1♠-2♣
  • 2 -?

So here we can bid 2♠ / 3♠ / 4♠ to show different kinds of holdings.

Firstly 2♠

A hand such as:

  • ♠ K107
  • K5
  • K76
  • ♣ KJ973

The two spade bid shows 3 card spade support but also denies holding a good 5 card club suit and good spades now making slam less likely.

Secondly 3♠

A hand such as:

  • ♠ KQ7
  • A5
  • 876
  • ♣ AKJxx

This raise shows good trump support, a good club suit and an outside control in one of the red suits.

And Finally 4♠

A hand such as:

  • ♠ KQ7
  • 65
  • J76
  • ♣ AKJxx

This shows excellent trump support and a great club support but no controls in the other suits.

By having all these different bids set in stone opener is more likely to know whether to go for a slam or not.

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