Cuebid Raises - Facts sheet

Cuebid raises over RH Opponent's Overcall :

  1. 1♥ - (2♣) - 3♣ = 10+ HCP and 3+ trumps

  2. 1♥ - (2♣) - 2♥ = 6-9 HCP and 3 trumps

  3. 1♥ - (2♣) - 3♥ = 6-9 HCP and 4+ trumps
    1♥ - (2♣) - 3♥ = or
    1♥ - (2♣) - 3♥ = 2-5 HCP and 4+ trumps, singleton or void

  4. 1♥ - (2♣) - 4♥ = 6-9 HCP and 4+ trumps, singleton or void

  5. 1♥ - (2♣) - 4♣ = 10+ HCP and 4+ trumps, singleton or void in the suit bid (Splinter !)

  6. 1♥ - (2♣) -  ?  = All new suit bids and NT responses retain their normal value


Opener's replies to Partner's Cuebid raise.
After a Cuebid raise Opener replies as if Responder has made a limit raise bid (of 10-12 points).
For example :

  1. 1♥ - (2♣) - 3♣ - 3♥ = Minimum Opening 12-13 points
    Responder will bid on with 13+ points

  2. 1♥ - (2♣) - 3♣ - 4♥ = Minimum Opening 14-15 points
    Responder will bid on with 16+ points

  3. 1♥ - (2♣) - 3♣ - 3NT (RKCB) = Strong Opening 16+ points


Cuebid raises as response to Partner's Overcall
In this scenario the Cuebid raise retains its normal meaning : 10+ HCP with 3+ card trump support.
Responses are :

  1. (1♦) - 1♠ - (2♦) - 3♦ = 10+ HCP, 3+ spades

  2. (1♦) - 1♠ - (2♦) - 4♦ = 16+ HCP, 3+ spades, 6 losers (jump Cuebid raise - Optional)

  3. (1♦) - 1♠ - (2♦) - 2♠ = 6-9 HCP , 3 spades

  4. (1♦) - 1♠ - (2♦) - 3♠ = 6-9 HCP , 4+ spades

  5. (1♦) - 1♠ - (2♦) - 4♠ = 6-9 HCP , 4+ spades, singleton or void