Bridge Tip #29
This may not apply if you play a specialized defense when your opponents
open a big club. However, sometimes it is not their hand. It may be yours.
Suppose the opponent opens a big club and your partner overcalls ( probably to obstruct the opponents auction) it’s impossible for you to force easily.
It is difficult for your side to have a constructive auction. I have found if my partner makes a one suit overcall of a big club my partner and I don’t have a forcing bid, so I arbitrarily play two clubs (or three clubs if responder bids on the two level) as a cue bid in this
situation, forcing one round, and saying nothing about clubs. You lose a
natural club bid, but that is usually unimportant versus the ability to have a forcing bid available for the overcaller’s partner. It also may help the
overcaller if she happens to have a very good hand. The alternative of using jump shifts forcing to accomplish this, precludes either partner from
preempting. If the bidding reaches a very high level rapidly, it’s up to
each defender to decide how high to bid , as they would normally have to
if the opponents had managed to get that high in some other way.