From the beginning of
The Muddled State of
“When I use a word,”
Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, “it means
just what I choose it to mean, neither more or less.”
The Looking Glass
Much the same could be said
about partner’s doubles. Sometimes they mean this and
sometimes they mean that. Most of the time they mean to pin
the blame on you!
What do you think the
double in the following auction means? I made it in a Stac
game on March 6, 2006 at The Franklin Bridge Centre in
Franklin Square, NY.
Mel East Student
-- -- P
P P 1♦ 1NT
Was Mel’s double…takeout?
Penalty? Or something in between?
What do you
think? Not sure? After reading this section of the book, you
will know and no amount of browbeating or Humpty-Dumpty-ing
from partner will dissuade you. Knowledge is empowering. So