The double is take-out and promises extra values. Of course, doubler heard the 1NT advance showing values and something in diamonds, so advancer can "convert" the double if he has a suitable hand (and doubler knows this).
Because of my partner's (South's) hesitation before winning the HK, I knew immediatly with 100% certainty that
(a) he had another heart, so they were playing a 4-3
(b) a spade return (low is best but any works) would
defeat the contract.
If he had played low in ...
I think it is essential that responder's 2NT be asking opener to pick a minor rather than being natural.
Thus, if responder instead picks a minor himself (e.g. 3C in the example auction), he should be showing 5+. So if opener then removes to 3D, he should be ...
It seems to me that since RHO's double suggests length (4) and strength in the majors, responder ought to have a pretty decent major if only 4 long to bid it.
Hence, with, e.g. AQJx-xxxx-xxx-xx, I would surely respond 1S after 1C-(DBL) rather than 1H.
But if ...
One deal proves nothing, of course. But on this one, our side is cold for 2D .....
but, their side can make 2S.
Partner (north) held:
But East held:
so probably would have made balancing double over 2D opener,
allowing them to reach 2S with West holding:
Well, sorry to see overwhelming vote for diamond lead (in our methods, low would be the choice if leading a diamond).
Partner's hand was:
while declarer held:
leaving dummy with:
As you can see, diamond lead is only one (other than CK) that allows declarer to ...
Playing transfer advances of overcalls, the transfer into overcaller's suit substitutes for the "cue-bid" playing natural advances, except that (with non-forcing natural new suit advances), the cue-bid occassionally shows a strong hand without support, whereas the transfer advance into overcaller's suit always shows a strong (limit raise plus ...