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"Partner, I've got 3 cards in your suit".

By doubling the RHO overall, you the opener can distinguish between 3 and 4-level support for partner's suit.


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Doubles, Support double

Responder, I've got 3 cards in your suit

A support double is made by the opener after his right-hand opponent overcalls partner's response to the opening bid, and is used to say "I've got exactly 3-cards for your suit".

This helps to reduce the chance of getting a 4-3 fit, which is not a great fit at all, of course. The responder can then use this information to decide whether it's best to play in NT for example, if he had proposed a 4-card suit.

A support "redouble" achieves the same goal if there has been an intervening double from the enemy.

With 4 cards, not 3, the opener can bid the suit, of course.

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