Lightner double in trouble again

October 1, 2009 at 5:44 pm 3 comments

There are lots of ways a lightner double can get into trouble.

(1) It is right to lead the suit you know partner will lead if you say nothing
(2) The lightner double succeeds in partner getting off to the right lead, but it is a case of the operation succeeding and the patient dying. Not that the lightner double was ineffectual because the contract was always cold – that’s a calculated risk – but that the contract can only make if partner gets off to the lead you are hoping he finds.
(3) And then there is….


Pass….6D……..Dble?!…All Pass

*2D=weak major or 2NT opening.
**2H=pass or correct

So, okay, you’ve lightner doubled 6D. You are on lead. What’s it to be?


Entry filed under: defence.

The modern psyche. Lightner double in trouble again. Denouement.

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jonathan  |  October 2, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Well, it’s vital not to look flustered here. We’ve given partner a good chance to make his stiff D10 or DJ by our confident double.
    I’m not a believer in desperate ace underleads. Might a spade disappear? LHO could be 1-3-7-2. This raise to 6D is a worry
    suggests a source of tricks and 3 spades. Why did South bid 2H not 2S in the auction? I’m blathering. I’ll lead SA.

  • 2. Bill Jacobs  |  October 2, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    This reminds me of a hand featuring my wife where a similar lightner doubler occurred when the doubler was on lead (another multi confusion), and this time, the opponents, fearing the ruff, and also not declarer-aware, ran to 6NT!

    Doubled, down 2.

    I know the full deal, so can safely abstain from the lead problem. But I’ll say this: I don’t think it’s at all obvious which of the three suits you should lead – despite knowing that dummy is void in spades.

  • 3. Rainer Herrmann  |  October 1, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Since when is a double considered to be a lightner double, if you yourself are on lead or did East forget that North would be declarer and this is the third drawback?

    It looks dummy will be void in spades so I would lead a club, probably a honest one.

    Rainer Herrmann


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