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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

mantra.

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

too.

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

CHRIS' SUMMARY

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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