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        forced to respond to the takeout double, no points are required.
        The takeout doubler wants to know your best suit and your point
        count. On the following hands, your LHO has opened with 1♦
        and your partner has made a takeout double. RHO has passed.
        ♠5432 ♥543 ♦543 ♣543.
               This is a very sad hand. A hand where you want to ask for
        your money back. But you must respond; there is a gun to your
        head. You will respond 1♠. When you as responder to bid your
        best suit at the cheapest level, you promise 0-8 points and at
        least four cards in that suit. Once again, your LHO has opened
        with 1♦ and your partner has made a takeout double. RHO has
        passed. ♠Jxxx ♥xxx ♦xx. ♣AKJx Bid 2♠ . . . this shows 9-11
        points & at least four Spades. Once again, your LHO has opened
        with 1♦ and your partner has made a takeout double. RHO has
        passed. ♠AQxxx ♥xx ♦xxx ♣AKx Bid 4♠. Your partner doubled
        showing support for ALL the unbid suits (at least Jxx is all unbid
        suits) and the Doubler has 13 or more points. You have 14 points
        so your side must get to game. You do need to have five Spades

        to make this bid. One more: Your LHO has opened with 1♦ and
        your partner has made a takeout double. RHO has passed. ♠xxx
        ♥xxx ♦AQx ♣Kxxx Bid 1NT. If you were tempted to bid 2♣ or
        even 3♣, NT is better. When you are responding to partner's
        takeout double and are tempted to respond in a minor, stop and
        consider whether you can bid NT. The bid of 1NT shows 8-10
        HCP and a stopper in opponents' suit. With 11-12 HCP and stoppers
        in opponents’ suit, bid 2NT in response to partner's takeout
        double. With 13-15 HCP, bid 3NT in response to partner's
        takeout double.
















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