Cue Bid summary


A Cue Bid is a versatile bid that has several possible meanings, depending on where in the auction it happens.

 

Cue bids are of two types:


- a bid of a suit previously bid by an opponent, e.g., [1
§ 2§  …] and


- a new suit after trumps and a game-level contract have been agreed.

[1© – P – 3© – P    4¨ …]  Cue bidding an Ace; slam interest.

Direct cue bid of openers 1-level bid. Over a suit bid, it can be Michaels Cue Bid, showing 5 – 5 distribution and 8 to 14 HCP [1§ 2§ . . . ] 55 distribution in the majors.  A cue bid of a major shows the other major and a minor suit. 
[1
©2© . . .] Spades and a minor.   Over 1NT NoTrump, it can be the Unusual 2NT, which shows 5 – 5 distribution in the two lower unbid suits, usually the minors:  [1NT – 2NT . . . ] also [1§/¨2NT . . . ] or [1©/ª2NT . . . ]

 

Direct Cue bid of opponents’ suit overcall.  [1© – 1ª2ª … ] Shows a limit raise, which means 10 to 12 dummy points.  Dummy points include HCP plus distribution points, counted as 5, 3, 1 for void, singleton or doubleton respectively. Cue bids are not alertable, as opponents are assumed to remember what suits they bid. 

Cue bid of opponents’ suit in response to partner’s overcall

[1© – 1ª– 1NT – 2© … ] Shows a limit raise of partner’s Spades, which means 10 to 12 dummy points and 3+ trumps.

 

4- Level Cue bid in response to partner’s Takeout Double:


[1§ – Dbl – P – 4§ … ] “Pick a major suit game”
                

Control-showing slam try cue bid.  When trump and a game-level contract has been agreed to, either partner may cue-bid Aces (first round controls) as a slam try: 

 

-      [1© – P – 3© – P     4§ – P – 4¨ …]. 3© sets Hearts as trumps. 4§ and 4¨ are Ace-showing cue bids, indicating slam interest by the opener. 

 

-      In subsequent rounds, Kings can be cue bid (second round controls):
[1
© – P – 3© – P    4§ – P – 4¨ – P   4ª – P – 5§ – P    5¨ – P – 5ª – P   …] thus showing Kings or 2nd round controls.  Cub bids show specific cards, so they are more accurate than Blackwood.

 

 

Explanation of Cue Bids. If asked, explain what the cue bid means: “It’s a cue bid” is not an explanation - - of course it’s a cue bid, but what it means is required for a proper explanation. E.g., “It shows a limit raise in Hearts”.


 (c) Bob McConnell, 2010