By Peter Rhead
Examples of when to make a Cuebid Raise
Last week we introduced the Cuebid Raise. The objective of the Cuebid Raise is for opener or partner to describe a hand with the simplest of bidding.
You are the opener. This week we have examples of some hands where you or your partner consider whether or not to use the Cuebid Raise. You have the Cuebid Raise agreement with your partner. Remember, a Cuebid Raise is a bid of the opponent’s suit that sends the message to your partner that you have support for partner’s bid suit.
Case 1: You are the opener and you open One Club with 14 points including two length point. Partner bids One Spade. Your right-hand opponent bids Two Diamonds. You bid a Cuebid Raise of Three Diamonds. You thus show to your partner that you have Spade support and a minimum hand of 13-15 points. Partner is now the captain. You have described your hand. Partner will continue bidding as he sees fit using the information you have given him.
Case 2: You are the opener and you open One Spade with 14 points including one length point. Your left-hand opponent overcalls Two Clubs. Your partner bids Three Clubs. Using the Cuebid Raise, partner’s bid did three things. He has told you he has Spade support and a limit raise hand of 10-12 points and he has interfered with the opponent’s bidding. You now re-evaluate your hand for your second bid. You are the captain because you now know what your partner has in in hand. You go for game score or part score.
Case 3: You open One Heart with your 19 points including two length points. You always bid your longest suit first, even if you would like to Reverse. Your left-hand opponent bids Two Clubs. Your partner does a Cuebid Raise of Three Clubs showing Heart support and 10-12 points. You now know that you have a Heart game but no slam. For your second bid, you bid Four Hearts for the game score.
For more information, check out “Cuebid Raises” in Barbara Seagram’s 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know, page 95.
Next Week: More examples of when you could use the Cuebid Raise.
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