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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.

Hand 1
Partner pic KJ876
picture QJT98
picture KT
picture 3
LHO   picture     

picture AQ9
picture A654
picture 32
picture QT76

North

East

South

West

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-

-

1C

2C*

Pass

 4H

Pass

Pass

Pass

-

-

Your LHO (West) opens the bidding 1C.  Your partner bids 2C. This is the convention known as Michaels Cuebid promising 5/5 in the majors.  He is describing his hand in one bid.  You are delighted to have a double fit with your partner so you confidently bid 4H.Note:  When you make the cheapest bid available in response to partner's overcall you are showing a weak hand 0-9 points.  With more values you would jump a level and with opening values you want to be in game.  

Hand 2
Partner pic KJ984
picture J7
picture 3
picture AK876
LHO   picture
You picture T
picture 9532
picture KQ42
picture QJ52

North

East

South

West

-

Pass

Pass

1H

 2H*

Pass

2nt*

Pass

3C

Pass

Pass

Pass

Your LHO opens 1H.  Your partnership has agreed to play Michaels.   She has a 2-suited hand with 5 spades and 5 clubs.  When your partner bid the opponent's suit she is showing her distributional hand containing the other major and a yet undisclosed minor. Since you have shortness in Spades you would like to uncover the long minor that you partner has -- so you bid 2nt.  This "asks" partner to name her minor suit.  When she bids 3C -- you will pass.

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