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Michael’s Cuebid Convention

All bridge played follows the rules of Contract Bridge, sometimes just called bridge.  Once bridge became a popular game, players have been trying to come up with ways to improve their bidding and playing the hand.  These are called conventions.   Some have work, and some have not.  Michael’s Cubid convention allows a player to escribe a two-suite hand in one bid.   It was first devised by Michael Michaels of Miami Beach, Fl.  

Michael’s Cuebid (for Major two-suiters)

This bid is almost always made after the opponent’s opening bid.  It is made when you hold a minimum of 5 cards in both major suits.  If the opponent opens with 1 Club your response of 2 Clubs (Michael’s Cuebid) shows a minimum of 5 cards in both Hearts and Spades.  If he opens with 1 Diamond your response would be 2 Diamonds showing two 5 card major suits.  The Cuebid shows either a weak hand (6-11 points) or a strong hand (16 or more points.). If the responder points are from 12 – 15, the regular bidding conventions should be used.

Michael’s Cuebid (for Major-minor two suiters)

Michael’s Cuebid can also be used to describe a major-minor two-suiters after an opening bid of 1 Heart or 1 Spade.  This bid is made when responder has a minimum of 5 cards in a major and 5 cards in a minor suit.   If the opponent opens with 1 Heart, a response of 2 Hearts shows a minimum of 5 cards in the other major (Spades) and an unspecified 5 cards minor suit.    An opening of 1 Spade with a response of 2 Spades indicates a minimum of 5 hearts and an unspecified 5 minor suit. The Cuebid shows either a weak hand (6-11 points) or a strong hand (16 or more points.).  If the responder points are from 12 – 15, the regular bidding conventions should be used.

If the partner does not have a fit for the major suit and wants to know the 5 cards minor, he would bid 2NT to say, “Bid your minor suit.”

 

James Frazee

Author, Beginning Bridge by the Numbers

www.jamesfrazeebook.com

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