Should the opponents redouble the contract, conventional wisdom recommends running like a "stripe-tailed ape" to a sacrificial contract.
Examples of the scoring difference between a doubled game contract (making an overtrick) versus a small slam:
|5/-X||Not vul.||Made 6||650|
|6/||Not vul.||Made 6||920|
|4/-X||Not vul.||Made 6||790|
|5/-X||Not vul.||Made 6||750|
|6/||Not vul.||Made 6||980|
The following deal comes from a team game during the 1997 ACBL Fall Nationals. It was originally reported by Phillip Alder, 1 now the New York Times bridge columnist.
At one table, the bidding proceeded as follows:
6 made for +1210 for North-South. At the other table, East-West did not compete over
The late American expert and bidding theorist John Lowenthal is credited with devising the stripe-tailed ape double.
1 Alder, Phillip (1997, November 05). Amherst Firecracker. Gadsden Times, p. B5.
A conventional double that asks partner to bid one of the unbid suits.
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