Theory and Conventions


M J Bridge



Control showing

The term cue-bid is used with at least two basically different meanings, and in each of these the precise message carried by the bid is likely to vary according to the precise context of the bid.

On the present pages I am concerning myself with a bid showing some sort of control as the auction proceeds, usually in search of a slam.

The alternative meaning when used as a bid of the opponents’ suit earlier in the auction is considered on its own page..

There are basically two approaches to cue-bidding controls.

Simplest (and not totally without merit, but not my first recommendation) is:-

first-round controls

More common as you move beyond a basic club level,, and better, is

first- or second-round controls

The relative merits of the two approaches are discussed on their own pages.

This section last revised 23rd Mar 2019