OUR CUE BIDS OR SPLINTERS HAVE BEEN DOUBLED

  • On the provisional assumption that we won't try to play in a doubled cue-bid or splinter, we have no use for the usual meaning of "redouble" and "pass" to show good holdings in the doubled suit. The following vague general template ISN'T ALWAYS TRUE, but instead is merely a guideline to which we try to follow whenever possible in order to make the system easier to remember.

  • RedoubleShows something of interest in the redoubled suit.
    BiddingThe normal action, not showing anything in particular.
    PassInvitational, showing extras but not enough to take control.

    SLAM-GOING, SHOWING A CONTROL

    RedoubleShows a control in that same suit.
    BiddingDenies a control.
    PassExclusion Blackwood, with a void.

    SPLINTER

    RedoubleShows a control in that same suit.
    BiddingDenies a control.
    PassInvitational, showing a hand with slam interest but not enough to take over the auction. Happy to let partner take control from now on, be it to stop safely in game or go on towards slam. Note: there's little point in making this last option Exclusion Blackwood because we're unlikely to have a void opposite a splinter!

    "PLEASE CHOOSE A SUIT"

    RedoubleSplinter-like with a singleton in the cue-bid suit but not necessarily extra high-card values.
    BiddingThe normal, expected action.
    PassShows equal holdings in both suits, inviting partner to choose instead.

    UNASSUMING CUE BID

    RedoubleSplinter-like with a singleton in the cue-bid suit but not necessarily extra high-card values.
    BiddingThe normal, expected action.
    PassInvitational, showing extra values.

    PROBE FOR 3NT

    RedoubleDenies the ability to bid 3NT, hence denying a stop in the cue-bid suit, but also shows useful undisclosed values and invites partner to look for game in something else instead.
    BiddingSimply means what it would have meant anyway, be it 3NT or a suit.
    PassA hand that can't bid 3NT and doesn't have any suit they want to bid, leaving the decision on what to do next to partner.
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