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Lightner Double - A Double of opponents' high level auction, often a slam bid, to request partner to make an unusual lead.  The Lightner Double was named after Theodore Lightner in 1929.  The following guidelines apply to Lightner Doubles:

1.

Typically anticipates the player making the Lightner Double can generate the setting trick by either ruffing the lead of a long side suit, or allowing partnership to quickly take their winning tricks before the Declarer sets up a long side suit to pitch losers.

2.

Excludes the normal lead of the suit bid by the defenders

3.

Excludes the lead of a trump

4.

May exclude the lead of a natural suit bid by defenders - leader must deduce situation based on holdings and aggregate bidding

5.

Often means the lead of Dummy's first bid suit, depending on partnership agreements

6.

May mean the lead of a Spade (or highest suit not bid by opponents), depending on partnership agreements

Also see Lightner Game Double and books on Doubles
 

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