The Double Of One Spade

The question of when the Second Hand should double is covered in the

chapter on "Doubling," but as the double of one Spade is really a

declaration, rather than a double, it seems proper to consider it here,

especially as it is of vital importance that it be accurately

distinguished from the Second Hand bid of two Spades, with which it is

very frequently confused. Many good players treat the two declarations

as synonymous, although by so doing they fail to avail themselves of a

simple and safe opportunity to convey valuable information. The reason

for this apparent carelessness on the part of many bidders is that no

scheme of declaring that accurately fits the situation has hitherto

been generally understood.

The idea that follows has been found to work well, and while as yet not

sufficiently used to be termed conventional, seems to be growing in

favor with such rapidity that its general adoption in the near future

is clearly indicated.

The Second Hand doubles one Spade, with practically the same holding

with which the dealer bids two Spades, not with the expectation or wish

that the double will stand, but as the most informatory action

possible, and as an invitation to his partner to bid No-trumps or

Royals. In a general way his bid of two Spades has the same

significance, except that it more emphatically suggests a call of

Royals. By accurately distinguishing the two, the partner may declare

with much greater effect.

The double shows short Spades (two or three), with at least two high

honors in Spades, and one other trick, or the Ace of Spades and two

other tricks.

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