August 2018 English Bridge
3.3®A. I again favour the cue-bid raise. True, 2t is
possible - as you would have bid had North
passed - but against active opponents this could
go wrong. 'Support with support' is a sound
4.2´. This might look a little dangerous and it
could be; overcaller has spade cards and 15-18
HCP. The upsides are that it will help partner to
compete when, worried about the weight of
spades over her, she otherwise would not - and it
disrupts the opponents' auction. They know they
have one spade stop but is it enough? How will
they develop invitational hands? The raise makes
life difficult and your modest but well-placed
high cards should prevent a disaster; let them sort
it out. But if you're happier reserving actions like
this for when you're non-vulnerable, that's fine
5.3´. A stretch. Had your left hand opponent
passed you would probably err on the side of a
single raise (8½ losers) but it would be
parsimonious to pass here. Partner will know you
might reach up one level and you are likely to
only have three trumps. If you had another spade,
it wouldn't take much redistribution of honours
for 4´ to be right, say ´Q542 ™KJ1032 tK6 ®62.
6.4tA. Here you have the goods. 4t simply says 'I
am bidding 4´ to make, but if they bid again, we
double them or bid on'. As before, the cue-bid
D As responder with three-card support, raise
opener whenever you can.
D Use the 3-level cue-bid of overcaller's suit (or
2´ if they have spades) to show only three
trumps and values for (at least) the 3-level.
D If the only cue-bid is at the 4-level it says
'we're bidding game to make'.
D When you're comfortable with simple cuebids,
consider using jump-cues as shortages
and support and jumps in new suits as that
suit and support. There's a long menu of
support options. r
doesn't promise a control (ace, king, singleton or
void) but it may help the partnership find slam.
Does the cue-bid promise four trumps here? No,
though more likely. As at lower levels, East
shouldn't search for another fit when she knows
of one already. Cramped for space at higherlevels,
showing strength with a cue-bid is more
descriptive than an uninformative jump to
game. The alternative (with say 3·4·2·4) would
be double (accenting hearts); it could get murky
if South raises diamonds.
Last, 4t should be alerted. After the opening
bid, if any of the next three calls is artificial it
should be alerted regardless of level.
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