Recently we received a bidding problem. On this occasion we asked Mr. David Bakhshi (ENGLAND) opinion.

The Auction:

West North East South
1 Pass 1 2
2 Pass 5 Dbl
Pass Pass Pass

What message conveys this double?

Hola Fernando:

David Bakhshi
David Bakhshi

I would say that on general principles that double says either they’re going down on any lead or that South is trying to direct a lead. If the latter then South will have values outside of clubs and prefer a non-club lead.

Again, general principles are that South most likely wants a lead of dummy’s suit (hearts). I don’t think it matters if North raises clubs since South will not be expecting North to compete to 6 Clubs.