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You hold: 642 9854

A4 A J 10 6. Your partner opens one club. The next player bids one spade. What do you say?

ANSWER: Players handle this common situation with a negative double. By agreement, a double shows enough strength to respond, with length in hearts plus either club support or diamond length, but the wrong type of hand to bid hearts at the two level (not enough strength or too few hearts). Discuss negative doubles with your regular partner.

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