~Michaels Cuebid

The Michaels Convention

 

This bid is used to show certain two-suited hands and point counts after the opponents make a one-level suit bid. The two suits have 5-5 shape or better.

~Over 1C, your 2C bid shows 5-5 shape in the major suits.

~Over 1D, your 2D bid shows 5-5 shape in the major suits.

~Over 1H, your 2H bid shows 5-5 shape in spades and an unspecified minor. Partner bids 2NT to ask about the minor.

~Over 1S, your 2S bid shows 5-5 shape in hearts and an unspecified minor. Partner bids 2NT to ask about the minor.

 

The hand is divided into three point counts. Bid Michaels with the correct shape and either a hand weaker than a full opener (about 7-12 HCP) or 17+ HCP. With a point range of about 13-16 HCP, bid one of the majors with the expectation of bidding the second suit in the next round, if indicated.

To show a strong hand after partner has responded to yor cuebid, make another cuebid, For example, if an opponent has opened 1D, 2D by you shows a weak or strong hand with both majors. Suppose partner bids 2S and you now want to show a strong hand with game interest–bid 3D.

Suppose you show a two-suited hand and partner selects one of those suits. If you want to show extra length in one of your suits, bid the long suit (6 or more cards) again. This rebid shows extra length, NOT extra strength.


See the article on Colorful Michaels for an alternative approach.

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