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               Hand 1 should bid 1NT, in spite of having no spade stopper. Bidding 2♣,
        a new suit, should show a five-card second suit (with only four hearts, else you

        would sign off in the known 5-3 heart fit).

               Hand 2 should bid 2♥. This strongly implies at least five hearts since so
        many other choices are available at this level. You have 10 HCP but poor shape

        and soft values so you aren’t quite worth an invitational 3♥.
               Hand 3 should bid 3♦, invitational, with 11 HCP and a good diamond fit. Of

        course you deny a fifth heart (you would invite with 3♥ instead).

               Hand 4 should bid 2♠, a cuebid, to force to game. Of course you are
        hoping to hear 2NT now, opener’s top priority in his rebid if he has a stopper in

        spades.


        7. The Support Double at the two-level


        If the Support Double comes at the two-level, responder has fewer choices:

             1♦ - (Pass) - 1♥ - (2♣)
          Double - (Pass) - ?
             - 2♦: at least three diamonds, only four hearts, non-forcing
             - 2♥: much more likely to be only four hearts than after a 1♠ overcall;
                     non-forcing
             - 2♠: natural, 4-4 in the majors; should be forcing one round, at least
                     invitational
             - 2NT, 3♦, 3♥: invitational to game
             - 3♣: game forcing cuebid
        Two examples:
                 1♦  -  (Pass)  - 1♥  -  (2♣)
             Double - (Pass) - ?

                   ♠ KJ32
                   1.                               2.  ♠ A3
                   ♥ Q1076               ♥ J832
                   ♦ 76                  ♦ J103
                   ♣ 976                 ♣ 8765
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