~Cue-bid Limit Raise Basics

Cue-bid Limit Raises: When partner’s suit is overcalled by an opponent, you can indicate a limit raise or better in partner’s suit by cue-bidding the opponent’s suit. Since 1C and 1D opening bids often are made with only three cards, a limit raise in a minor suit should show a minimum of five cards in partner’s suit plus 11+ playing points. If partner’s opening bid of 1 major is overcalled by an opponent, a cue-bid should show 3+ cards in partner’s suit. Using the cue-bid to show a limit raise or better allows your partnership to apply different meanings to single raises and jump raises in partner’s suit. Typically, these meanings take two forms:
~single raise-made on as few as 4 HCP–a courtesy raise to show limited support for partner and an unwillingness to let the opponents steal the contract.
~a jump raise to show 8-10 HCP and 3-4 card support for partner’s suit–just a bit short of a limit raise.
Alternately, you may opt for a more preemptive approach:
~A single raise to show 3+-card trump support with less than limit raise values.
~A preemptive jump raise with 4-card support and almost any point count short of a limit raise.

Partner          Opp1          You          Opp2
1D                   1H               2H           P
3D*                 P                 P/4D*     P
*Partner’s 3D bid shows a minimum opener and suggests that you should pass with only a limit raise. However, should you now bid 4D, it would indicate extra values and slam interest. 5D by you would be a closeout (the principle of Fast Arrival, indicating enough values to play at game opposite partner’s minimum opener but less than a slam invite).

If partner has opened a major suit, overcalled by RHO, the principles are the same for showing a limit raise or better. Cue-bid the enemy suit. If partner jumps to game (indicating a hand with more than a minimum opener), and you also hold more than an opening hand,  a slam try is indicated. If partner bids three of the major suit, you may pass on continue to game based on your strength.


3 Responses to “~Cue-bid Limit Raise Basics”

  1. Alice Says:

    What is the difference between the jump raise and the preemptive jump raise 1H, (overall 2C) 3H? Do Ihave 8- 10 points and 3 or 4 pieces OR 4 pieces and 5HCP?

  2. Ronny simon Says:

    Can you as responder bid limit raise over an intervening bid

    • bridgetips Says:

      Say the bidding went Partner Opp You 1S 2D ? In the modern style, 2S would be about 4-8 minus playing points, 3S would show 8-10 HCP OR ,depending on style, a weak response with 4+ spades (preemptive), and the only strong bid short of game would be 3D, showing a limit raise or better with 3+ spades.

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