By Val Rhead
You have opened One Heart. Your partner has Heart support and 10 to 12 points. She is all set to bid Three Hearts to show that she has a limit raise. This would invite you to bid game if you have more than a minimum opening bid.
However, the enemy has jumped in trying to upset all your plans. He bids One Spade. What does your partner do next? It’s easy. She makes a cue bid of Two Spades. A cue bid is the bid of a suit that the player doesn’t have any interest in playing. After all, it wouldn’t be logical for her to want to bid and play in Spades when opponents have already bid them. This cue bid shows her limit raise in Hearts and forces you to bid again.
The advantage of partner’s cue bid rather than a jump to Three Hearts is that partner has described her hand at a lower level. If your hand is dead minimum, you may bid Three Hearts to play. With a little more, you can bid the Four Heart game.
But perhaps you have a hand that possibly could make a slam. You now have the option of showing another feature of your hand by bidding, for example Three Clubs, to show a control in that suit (Ace or King) and slam interest. This could be the start of a cue-bidding sequence in which each of you shows controls up the line in other suits. Perhaps you find your partner has a void or an Ace in Spades. This may enable you to bid the slam contract.
SUMMER PORT CARLING DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB
Games for the Port Carling Club are in the summer only, Wednesday evening 6:30, Port Carling Community Centre, 3 Bailey Street. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before game time. Call Bill & Gaye Kastning at 705-765-6354 for information and partnerships.
The following winners are from Wednesday, July 26 with 12 pairs playing a Mitchell movement. North-South 1. Bea Chafee and Mildred Syron; 2. Betty Rintoul and Hazel Bowes; 3. Judy McIntosh and John McIntosh; East-West 1. Linda Armstrong and Martha Stigler; 2. Sandy Retter and David Scarlett; 3. Cathy Ortved and Anne Stevens
HUNTSVILLE DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB
Games at the Huntsville Club are Tuesday 7:15 start, Trinity United Church 33 Main Street. Please arrive 15 minutes before game time. For partners and information call Susan Marshall 705 787-5454 or email email@example.com
The following winners are for Tuesday, Aug 1 with 20 pairs playing a Mitchell movement. North-South 1. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst; 2. Fay MacDonald and Yvonne Cox; 3. Mary Simonett and Kel Andresen; 4. Jim Smith and Ralph Mitchell; 5. Marilyn Waltho and John Waltho; East-West 1. Art insley and Nick Kristoffy; 2. Liz Graham and Dorothy Russell; 3. Catherine MacMillan and Julianne Guselle; 4. Ann Cassie and Bruce Cassie; 5. Liz Barnes and Bev Howard
MUSKOKA DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB (Bracebridge)
Games for the Bracebridge Club are Mondays 7pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Taylor Road. Please arrive 15 minutes before game time. For information or partnerships, call Brian at 705-645-5340 firstname.lastname@example.org
The following winners are from Monday, July 31 with 20 pairs playing a Mitchell movement. North-South 1. Andrea Killackey and Judith Arbus; 2. Mary Luke and Donna McIntosh; 3. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst; 4. Jean Sinclair and John Sinclair; 5. Jinty Stewart and Jane Insley; East-West 1. Liz Barnes and David Bryce; 2. Ann Cassie and Bruce Cassie; 3. Art Insley and Don Evans; 4. Gaye Kastning and Bill Kastning; 5. Frank Vagnoni and Gerry Lawrence
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