What is a lead directing double?

A lead-directing double is a double of an artificial bid by opponents. Because the bid is artificial, it is typically safe to double. This bid asks partner to lead the doubled suit.

Are Lead directing doubles Alertable?

Lead directing for another suit? Alert! In the first example, if you want partner to lead a diamond, then no alert is needed. If, for example, you are asking for a heart lead, then the double is alertable.

What is a Lightner double in bridge?

The Lightner double is a conventional double in bridge, used to direct the opening lead against slam contracts. The Lightner double is a call made by the partner of the player who will make the opening lead. It asks for an “unusual” opening lead.

Can you double your partner’s bid in bridge?

Double (X) is the most versatile and flexible bid in bridge. It’s used more and more these days at all levels. When the opponents have started the bidding (making the auction competitive), double gives you a new bid. Most doubles at low levels are for take-out, meaning that the doubler wants their partner to bid.

Can you pass a takeout double?

It is possible for partner to convert a takeout double to a penalty double by passing, but this requires very strong trumps and should never be done on weakness. Passing a takeout double at the one level is therefore very rare, although it’s a more likely option at the two or three level.

What is the difference between a takeout double and a negative double?

The Negative Double is used over the opponents’ overcall after partner’s opening bid. Below is a comparison between the Takeout Double and the Negative Double….Negative Double:

Takeout Double Negative Double
Overcaller typically has opening hand Responder typically has 6-9 points, depending on bidding level

What is the difference between a takeout double and a penalty double?

A typical treatment is that a double up to the level of 4♥ is takeout, while doubles on higher levels are for penalties or “cooperative” (i.e. the partner is supposed to pass unless his distribution and/or strength indicates that playing a contract of their own on a higher level is a better prospect).