By Peter Rhead
Examples of when to make a Western Cuebid
Last week we reviewed the Western Cuebid. The objective of the Western Cuebid is to ask partner if he has a stopper for the opponent’s bid suit when considering a No-Trump contract.
This week we have examples of some hands where you must consider whether or not to use the Western Cuebid of the opponent’s suit.
Case 1: Your partner opens One Heart. Your right-hand opponent overcalls One Spade. You have twelve points. You know your partnership may have a Three No-Trump game if partner has a stopper in Spades. You bid Three Spades asking. Partner will bid 3NT if he has the Spade stopper. If he has no Spade stopper he bids Four Hearts.
Case 2: Again your partner opens One Heart and your right-hand opponent overcalls One Spade. You have nine points and support for partner’s suit. This time you bid Two Hearts.
Case 3: Your left-hand opponent opens One Diamond. Partner overcalls Two Clubs. Your right-hand opponent passes. You have shortness in Diamonds but stoppers in both majors. With seventeen points, you know you and partner probably have enough strength for a 3NT game (an easier choice than Five Clubs). The question is does partner have a stopper in Diamonds? You bid Three Diamonds telling partner to bid 3NT if he has a stopper in Diamonds. Otherwise partner will bid Four Clubs and you will raise to Five Clubs.
For more complete information, Google “Western Cuebid”.
Next Week: More Examples when you and your partner could use the Western Cuebid.
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