Bridge made simple

MICHAEL’S CUE BID

MICHAEL’S CUEBID – A FUN CONVENTION

Would you like to be able to show TWO suits at the same time, after your opponent has opened the bidding?

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Let’s say this is your hand:

S AJxxx

H KJ1Oxx

C x

D xx

your RHO has opened 1 CLUB

If you bid 2 CLUBS (CUEBID OF OPPONENT’S SUIT) —

YOU TELL PARTNER YOU HAVE 5 HEARTS AND 5 SPADES – THIS IS CALLED THE MICHAEL’S CUEBID CONVENTION

If you didn’t have this “tool” in your competitive bag – you would have to overcall one spade.  If partner of opener bids 1 no trump, pass by your partner , and opener bids 3 no trump ——now if you show your hearts – you are too high and will get doubled for penalty.

—-OK – YOU DON’T GET THE FINAL CONTRACT but from a defensive point of view, if you use Michael’s Cue Bid – partner will know you have 5 hearts as well as 5 spades and if her hearts are longer than spades, she will lead the longest major suit between the two hands>Good chance to defeat the opponent’s contract!

The playing strength of two-suited hands is well known to all bridge players and WHEN announcing two suits you have a much better chance to find a fit and steal a part-score!

HERE IS THE BIDDING”|:

RHO opens 1 ♣️ – 2 ♣️  Shows spades and hearts

RHO OPENS 1 ♦️ – 2 ♦️Shows spades and hearts

RHO OPENS 1 ♥️ – 2 ♥️Shows spades and a minor

RHO OPENS 1 ♠️ – 2 ♠️Shows hearts and a minor

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO USE MICHAEL’S CUE BID?

  1.  ABSOLUTELY must have two FIVE CARD SUITS
  2. LESS THAN 10 POINTS OR MORE THAN 16 POINTS —THIS IS REFERRED TO A “MINI-MAXI MICHAELS!
  3. WITH A HAND IN THE 11-15 POINT RANGE – OVERCALL THE HIGHER-RANKING SUIT

HOW TO RESPOND TO MICHAEL’S CUE BID:

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With a fit for one of partner’s known suits simply raise to the appropriate level.—-assume partner has a weak hand (mini-Michaels) and if partner bids again you know —it is the “maxi michaels!

What if partner has one major, (which you know) and a minor – which you don’t know?  

SIMPLE_____ JUST BID 2 NO TRUMP WHICH ASKS PARTNER TO BID HER MINOR SUIT

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