"Cue bidding the enemy suit" is bidding the enemy suit at the next higher level.
In standard bidding cue bidding the enemy suit shows a very strong hand, the same as for the artificial strong 2 Clubs opening bid.
For example : (1H) - 2H shows 22+ points or "Game in hand" and is forcing to Game.
All following bids by both players are natural, and when one of the Defenders bids NT it promises a stopper in the enemy suit. This situation occurs of course very rarely in bridge. I therefore suggest that when you hold such hand you first double for takeout and at your next turn to bid cue bid the enemy suit.
For example : (1H) - DBL - (Pass) - 1S - (Pass) - 2H
Adopting this approach leaves the cue bid of the enemy suit available for other more common situations, as outline in the following two Chapters.
In standard bidding with 5-card majors opening with a short Club (1C) as used in this course or with the better minor (1C or 1D) are often based on 2 or 3 cards in the minor suit. In the Precision system the 1 Club and 1 Diamond opening bids are artificial and do not reflect any length in those suits. It occurs therefore quite regularly, that an Opponent opens with a minor in which you have a quality 5+ card holding.
Therefore in such cases use the cue bid of the enemy suit as a natural overcall showing a quality 5+card suit and 11+ points.
For example :
Bid: (1C) - 1D = normal overcall and : (1D) - 2D = cue bid enemy suit
Responses to the Cue bid are the same as for a normal overcall at the 2 level.
Remember that you will need 29 points to reach Game in a minor suite.
When the Opponents open the bidding with a major suit it is highly unlikely that your side will aim for a contract in that suite. Using a cue bid in their major suite with a natural meaning makes therefore little sense. Use Michaels Cue bid instead (I am not the Michael referred to in this convention).
Michaels Cue bid of the enemy suite shows a hand with
Hand 2 below is a typical example.
If Partner does not have a fit in the major suit he can ask for the minor suite by bidding 2NT. The Michaels Cue bidder will respond with the correct suit at the 3 level.
In above example the bidding would be:
The Unusual 2NT overcall fits in nicely with the strategy of Michaels Cue bid.
A jump overcall of 2NT over Opponent's opening bid of 1 in a major shows
Therefore with a stronger hand prefer to make a takeout double or a simple suit overcall.
With Hand 3 below :
Partner's response :
In such case it is best to either overcall the Spade suit, and perhaps the Heart suit next round if required, or to make a takeout double and be guided for your next bid by Partner's response.
Alternatively you can make an other arrangement with Partner for the Unusual 2NT overcall over the minor suits.
The point range of the 1 NT opening bid differs considerably for the various bidding system. Common ranges (other than the 16-18 points used in standard bidding) are 15-17, 13-15, or 12-14. Some players use the 15-17 points for their 1NT range when vulnerable and 12-14 points when not vulnerable.
The lower point ranges are very aggressive and aim to obstruct the bidding by the opposition, blocking any suit overcall at the 1 level.
A simple but very effective defence against this practice is to double the Opponent's 1NT opening bid.
You have 14 points and a balanced hand
This puts your Partner in a strong position.
To enter the bidding after an Opponent's weak two opening bid you should hold a hand with opening bid values. Subject to this requirement bid naturally as if Opponent had opened at the 1 level.
Here are a few typical examples.
You have 13½ HCP + 1LP = 14½ points and 5 Spades.
You have 13½ points and 4 Spades.
You have 23½ points.
There are many different approaches to defence against preemptive opening bids.
A sensible way is to approach it in the same way as defence against weak twos. However to enter the bidding you need to be stronger with at least 15+ points. As 4th player you may drop that a point or so with an interesting distribution. In general.
Deals 77 to 80 are examples of bidding as outlined in this lesson.
BR 22.9 - Quiz 22 - Answers - Review