LESSON 11.7: CUEBIDS AFTER REACHING A FIT

a)

Dealer: South

South

A Q J 10 7
K Q 7
A K 8
J 4

South

West

North

East

1
?

Pass
 

3
 

Pass
 

4 (22+ TP   5+    first-round control in ) slam

After agreeing a major trump suit, any bid in a new suit at the four level is a cuebid showing a first-round control and inviting to slam

see Lesson 13. Reverses and cuebids

b)

Dealer: South

South

A Q
J 7
A J 10 7 4
K 9 7 8

South

West

North

East

1
?

Pass
 

3
 

Pass
 

3 (16-18 HCP   balanced   stopper in ) game

Over responder's jump raise to three of a minor, a new suit by opener shows a stopper (aiming to play in notrump)

c)

Dealer: South

South

K Q
A 7
A K Q 7 4
J 9 8 7

South

West

North

East

1
?

Pass
 

3
 

Pass
 

4 (22+ TP   first-round control in ) slam

Over responder's jump raise to three of a minor any bid in a new suit at the four level is a cuebid showing a first-round control and inviting to slam

d)

Dealer: South

South

K 7
A Q
K Q 10 7 4
A 9 8 7

South

West

North

East

1
?

Pass
 

3
 

Pass
 

4 (22+ TP   first-round control in ) slam

When cuebidding, first declare lower-ranking aces and kings (except for touching suits)

e)

Dealer: South

South

A 10 7

A K Q 7 4
Q J 8 7 2

South

West

North

East

1
?

Pass
 

3
 

Pass
 

4 (22+ TP   first-round control in ) slam

The first cuebid in a suit shows a first-round control (an ace or a void); aces must be declared before voids

f)

Dealer: South

South

K 9 7
K 6
A Q J 7 4
A J 8

South

West

North

East

1
4
?

Pass
Pass
 

3
4
 

Pass
Pass
 

5 (22+ TP   first-round control in ) slam

The second cuebid in a suit shows a second-round control (K x or singleton)

g)

Dealer: South

South

9 7
Q 9 6
A K Q J 7
A Q 8

South

West

North

East

1
4
?

Pass
Pass
 

3
4
 

Pass
Pass
 

5 (19+ TP   5/6+ ) closing

Cuebidding does not apply in the trump suit; any return to the trump suit suggests closing the auction

h)

Dealer: South

North

Q 7
A K 9
10 9 8 5
K 10 9 5

South

West

North

East

1
4
5

Pass
Pass
Pass

3
4
?

Pass
Pass
 

Pass (10-12 TP   5/6+ ) closing

After cuebidding, bid to slam only when holding at least second-round controls in the unbid suits

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