Demon Defense and Demon Doubling:
Defend With Skill and Double for Keeps
Augie Boehm

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June 2004
172 pp. (paperback)
ISBN: 0-9728061-4-8


Since this is a bridge book, let'get right to it. You hold:

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With opponents vulnerable, partner opens 1c, right-hand opponet (RHO) intervenes with 1s, you double (negative), and LHO raises to 2s. Partner jumps to 4h, RHO persists to 4s. What's your call?


The world champion who faced this decision passed. His partner bid on to 5c, which could only be made with an inspired guess. Doubling 4s, followed by killing defense, the underpinning to doubling, would have netted plus 1100!


This is not to take a potshot at a world-class player. Bridge is an enormously challenging game, and everyone makes mistakes (even though a stubborn few never admit them). Knowing when to double for penalties can swing more points in your direction than any other part of the game. Some benefits are obvious, such as plus 1100 on this deal, but others are intangible. If you become known as a Demon Doubler, most opponents pull in their bidding horns a notch, recognizing that you are quick to wield the ax. Wary opponents are much easier to play against than aggressive bidders who constantly confront you with problems.


Doubling for penalties increases the stakes and raises the blood pressure. For this you need confidence, and that is where tight defense plays a crucial role. Good defenders risk more penalty doubles. Demon Doublers are not born; they rise from the ranks of Demon Defenders. That is why this book begins with defense, to build a confident foundation for doubling. A sound bidding style also helps: it inspires confidence to know that partner has his bids.


This is not a book for beginners; I assume you know your basics about leads and signals. It teaches you how to use defensive information. The Socratic method (constant questioning) that I use promotes logical thinking in a way that promulgating rules cannot.


By the end of Part I, as a graduate Demon Defender, you should be primed for the adventurous world of penalty doubles. Part II explains when to double (and when not to) and shows how defending doubled contracts, especially partials, has a rhythm of its own. When you have absorbed the lessons in this book, be prepared for a change in your bridge life. You will win moreÁ°†lot more.

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