Super Cue Bid Limit Raise

 

The Normal Cue Bid Limit Raise

 

When partner makes a 1-level overcall, most players use a cue bid of opponents’ suit to show a
Limit Raise, that is, a hand with 3 or 4 card trump support and 10 to 12 dummy points (HCP +
distribution points).  [1
§ - 1ª - P - 2§. . .]  This 2§ hand could be (ªAJ65  ©83  ¨K987  §Q98),
for example.  As 2nd hand may have overcalled with as few as 8 HCP, he can safely rebid 2
Spades and be in a comfortable contract.  With a minimum opener, he can compete to 3 Spades
if necessary, and with a good opener, he can go on to game, because the cue bid has identified
4th seat support and count.

 

Using this cue bid limit raise convention, we are then able to use the “all direct raises in
competition are weak” approach, meaning a 2 Spade call in the above auction would show 3+
Spades, but relatively few points, like (
ªA96  ©J83  ¨J987  §J98). 

 

With more trumps or shape, preemptive calls work well: [1§ - 1ª - Dbl - 3ª . . .] holding
(
ªQJ96  ©8  ¨J987  §T983).  Now the 1§ opener gets to guess what to do at the 4-level,
unsure of responder’s strength and possibly even her shape.

 

 

The Super Cue Bid Limit Raise

 

But occasionally 4th seat will have an opening hand or better in support of partner’s 1-level
overcall. What to bid then?  Any direct raise is weak, as described above.

A direct jump to game could be one more than partner can make, given that he could have an
8-pointer.  It also sounds very weak and so may scare partner with a big hand from bidding on.

 

Enter the Super Cue Bid Limit Raise, AKA the Jump Cue Bid Limit Raise.

 

Holding (ªAJ65  ©A3  ¨K987  §Q98) in this auction: [1§ - 1ª - P - ??? . . .] you can  bid 3§,
not 2
§ as described above. [1§ - 1ª - P - 3§. . .]. With a minimum 8 – 9 point overcall, partner
can bail out in 3
ª and have a good chance to make it or be off only one.  With any hand
resembling an opener, he can go for game. Once a year, he may even be able to look for slam.


 (c) Bob McConnell, 2011