Michaels Cuebid is a convention used to show a 2-suited hand over an opening bid by the opponents. For example: 1C, 2C shows 5/5 in the majors and asks partner to take his choice of a major. If the bidding goes 1H, then you overcall 2H this tells your partner that you have 5 Spades and a minor. If your partner has no support in spades he can bid 2nt if it is available to locate the minor.
The cuebid is based on the distributional nature of the hand and not necessarily high card points. You must bear this in mind if you intend to bid Michaels when holding a weak hand . One question to ask your partner is whether this convention is to be played only in the direct seat. I subscribe to the Mini-Maxi approach when I use Michaels. I either have a weak hand with 7-10 points or a strong hand (16+) where I will bid again after my partner speaks. With opening hand values I bid naturally -- hoping to show both suits.
My Preferred Responses:
Partner should evaluate his hand in terms of HCP and suit fits. He should decide on one of the following options:(a) Simple preference bid(b) I prefer a jump to show a good fit and invitational values(c) Double jump is preemptive showing an excellent fit (d) 2NT is used to ask for the "unspecified" minor.Novice and Intermediate Players should keep things as simple as possible keeping in mind that if your partner bids a suit other than one indicated by your Michaels bid -- that is where he would like to play. On the other hand, if partner happens to hold the best hand at the table, he can make a game or slam try by cuebidding the suit the opponents opened. Please discuss these details with your partner.