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        competing because the opponents are likely to make their contract (you did not
        double) and your side is not vulnerable.
        B) He can make a doubling suggestion, indicating two tricks if he is the weak
        hand or book if he is the strong hand. This is not a decision, it is a
        description. If you cannot stand to leave the double in after partner shows two
        tricks, you can pull it. This is not uncommon. Perhaps you opened (or overcalled)
        with ♠AKQxx, ♥JTx, ♦Qxxx, ♣x and partner doubles 3♣ showing two tricks. It’s
        time to bid 3♠ and hope to either make it or go for less than 110.
        C) If you have doubled, partner can leave it in for penalty. You have said you only
        need one trick.
        D) Partner can pass, indicating that the information from your bidding indicates
        that this appears to be the opponents’ hand and that bidding on may either push
        them to a makeable game or get your side too high.

               All of this may seem daunting. Fear not! This is not as hard as it may
        seem at the first read-through. In summary, the “under the gun” hand bids with
        extra trump (or the distributional equivalent), doubles with tricks (“book” by the
        strong hand or “two” with the weak hand), otherwise he passes. If he doubles or
        passes, his partner uses that information to make an informed bid-or-pass
        decision OR possibly a doubling suggestion (“book” or “two”) themselves. Remember:
        “double by either partner is just a suggestion.”
               Will you always get it right this way? Of course not! This is just a method
        that can help you communicate with your partner when to bid, pass, or double.
        The typical club player, right now, is mostly guessing rather than using any kind
        of system. Much too often, their guess is to “bid one more for the road”, and I
        hear various and conflicting reasons/excuses: “I bid because I was at the top of
        my bid”, “I bid because I had no defense” (which is sort of just the opposite}, “I
        bid because we’re not vulnerable,” “I bid because they’re not vulnerable”. People
        like to bid, and frequently that’s a good thing. But I do NOT see enough doubling
        . . . and if I know, as your opponent, that you will never double me and nearly
        always bid then I promise you will not be playing very many contracts peacefully
        at the two-level. If I can push you up at NO risk to myself, I will do it.

        I hope this will help. Here are some hints to help the pass-out seat:

        • Balanced hands should lean towards defending. 5-4-2-2 shape is a balanced
        hand. At the three level, 6-3-2-2 shape can bid to the three level in the six-card
        suit (assuming support from partner) but at higher levels should be considered

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