#5 North South Vulnerable
North East South West
1♠ DBL ???
♠ K Q J 5
♦ J 7 6 5 4
♣ 7 6 5 4
South should bid 3♠. Raises after a takeout double are preemptive showing number of trumps.
2♠ = three-card weak raise
3♠ = four-card weak raise
4♠ = five-card weak raise.
Once a player preempts, he rarely bids again in a competitive auction. The weak hand should never take charge! The stronger hand always has a better chance at getting it right at higher levels.
With a strong responding hand (10+ HCP) responder first redoubles. A jump to 2NT over a double shows a limit raise in partner’s suit. It is not natural! With a normal 2NT response, responder redoubles first.
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