While the negative double is an essential part of modern bidding, one must not use it inappropriately. The purpose of the bid is to find a fit in a major suit that cannot be bid directly due to insufficient length or values. There are two reasons why one should consider not using it and these are illustrated in today’s hand. After East opens 1H and South overcalls 2C, West has a decision to make. The obvious choices are to double to get the spades into the auction and to raise hearts. It is true that there are a few situations where a 4- 4 fit is superior to a 5- 4 or 5- 3 fit because a discard will be available on the long card and a ruff can be taken in either hand. There is no particular reason to expect that to be the case here since the only potential discard is in clubs and they are going to be the opening lead. Another consideration is that the club overcall may be raised. Since most pairs can make LoTT ( Law of Total Tricks) raises, with shape and not many high cards, this is a distinct danger. Expressing the known fit in a potentially competitive auction is always a good idea. When West doubled, East raised the spades to game to express the extra playing values ( 17 points). If you favour the Losing Trick Count ( LTC) valuation method, East has only 5 losers rather than the 7 promised by the opening bid. Declarer went one down on a club lead when they failed to find the winning line in the heart suit and lost a trick in each suit. As it happens, if West had raised hearts, by bidding 3C as a cue raise showing support and invitational or better values, East would bid 4H. On a club lead, East wins and leads a diamond towards the table. If South ducks then there is no diamond loser. If South rises with the ace then the spade losers can be discarded on the good diamonds. Avoiding one of the side suit losers means it is no longer necessary to take a good view on how to play the heart suit. The lesson from this is not to use a negative double to find a major suit fit when there already is a known fit in the other major when there is a danger of a defensive barrage in their suit.