|S T O L E N B I D S|
|Partner, He Took My Bid!|
Your partner opens 1NT and the next hand bids...
Very few advanced players use Stolen Bid Doubles, but a great many club players like them. They're easy to learn and when they work they solves problems, but like any artificial agreement they have problems of their own. Let's look at the benefits and the problems. (And you ask, "What do the better players use?" Most all of them are using Lebensohl
Here's a quick description of a Stolen Bid double:
If the overcall leaves you room to make the call you were going make, you don't have a problem. go ahead and bid it. But the purpose of the Stolen Bid Double is to allow you to still bid Stayman and Jacoby Transfer bids as though no overcall had been made.
Here's another sequence:
This agreement has two main problems:
The same is true if the opponents are using Landy, where a bid of 2 shows the majors. You surely do not want to double to indicate a Stayman bid.
Lebensohl or Something Else
Lebensohl is a complex convention, but it easily solves the problems that make Stolen Bid Doubles a poor choice of an agreement. Consider learning it with your best partner.
Well and good, you say, but what can we do until we learn Lebensohl?
And remember... when you use Stolen Bid Doubles you are telling the opponents this:
If you would like to see more about Stolen Bid Doubles, try:
But... You really should learn Lebensohl!