LESSON 13.2: CUEBIDS AFTER REACHING A FIT

a) A cuebid is a forcing bid in a suit in which the bidder cannot wish to play

b) After agreeing a suit as trump, any bid in a new suit is a cuebid

c) Depending on the auction, cuebids are used to show or to request various information about a side suit: first or second-round controls, shortness, stoppers, weak or strong raises,

d)

Dealer: South

South

A K 9
Q 9
A J 10 5 3
10 8 5

South

West

North

East

1
?

Pass
 

3
 

Pass
 

3 (10+ HCP   stopper in ) 1 round

Without an opponent's interference and after agreeing a minor suit as trump, a new suit at the three level is a cuebid showing a stopper and inviting to game in notrump

e)

Dealer: South

South

A K 9
10
A K 10 5 3
Q 9 8 5

South

West

North

East

1
?

2
 

3
 

Pass
 

3 (13-21 HCP) 1 round

When only one suit has been declared by the opponents, a cubid in the suit requests partner to bid notrump when holding a stopper; the cuebid in an opponent's suit by opener is also used to show a strong 19+ HCP hand

f)

Dealer: South

South

10 9
A K
A K 10 9 5 3
Q 8 5

South

West

North

East

1
?

1
 

2
 

2
 

3 (13-21 HCP stopper in ) 1 round

When the opponents have bid two suits, a cuebid in one of the opponents' suit shows a stopper and requests partner to bid notrump when holding a stopper in the opponents' second suit

g)

Dealer: South

South

K 9
A K 10 5 3
K Q 8 7
A 5

South

West

North

East

1
?

Pass
 

3
 

Pass
 

4 (19+ TP first-round control in ) slam

After agreeing a major suit as trump, any new suit at the four level is a cuebid showing first-round control and inviting to slam (forcing to game)

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