MICHAEL'S CUE BIDS

 

 


DIRECT CUE BID
We have seen Cue Bids used for  slam tries. (see SLAMS & CUE BIDS) But there are other types of Cue Bids. The Direct Cue Bid is where you immediately bid the opponents opening suit. 
Example:
   OPP.            YOU
   1 S ====> 2 S

Years ago in SAB (Standard American Bidding) this was a monster hand: a forcing bid (Green Light) with 19 or more points and support for the unbid suits. A sort of giant Take Out Double. But SAB is in a state of constant change. What was standard five or ten years ago is not standard today.  And what is not standard today might be standard in a couple of years. Since this type of  situation (a big hand after an opening bid) was very rare, some people sought to find a better use for the Direct Cue Bid.  And Michael did it.

MICHAEL’ S CUE BID
When using Michael’s Cue Bid, the bid of the opponent’s suit does not indicate a strong hand, but a very weak highly distributional hand. There must be at least ten cards in the unbid suits. And it should be 5/5. If cue bidding a Minor Michael’s shows 5/5 in the Majors. If cue bidding a Major, Michael’s shows the other Major and a Minor.


 
 
 
 
 

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EXAMPLE 1.  You have a weak hand (under 10 points) and 5/5 in the Majors. Your hand could also be 6/5 or 6/6 or 7/5 or 6.Your Left Hand Oppont (LHO) opens the bidding with  D.
 
 
 
 
 

EXAMPLE 2.  Also a weak hand with the above distribution but with a five card (or more) Spade suit and at least a five card Minor. Your LHO opens H.
 
 
 
 
 

EXAMPLE 3.  Michael’s Cue Bid can be used after both opponents bid. In this case you have at least five Hearts and 5 Diamonds


EXAMPLES
1.
OPPONENT D
_____

YOU

D

 
2.
OPPONENT
H
_____

YOU

H


 
3.
OPENING BIDDER
C


YOU          PART. 
C              PASS  
 
XX                

OPPONENT
S

 
 
   UNUSUAL NO TRUMP
 
UNUSUAL NO TRUMP
What is so unusual about Unusual No Trump?  It is sort or related to Michael’s Cue Bid. They are cousins.  Like Michael’s, the Unusual No Trump is a competitive bid and is only used after the opponents open the bidding. And also like Michael’s it is preemptive and distributional.
       Usually the Unusual No Trump is a jump No Trump overcall of a Major that shows 5/5 in the Minors. 

 

EXAMPLE 1.  You show a hand with at least 5/5 in the Minors and less than 10 points.
 
 
 
 
 
 

EXAMPLE 2. Since some people open a short Club suit, the Unusual No Trump over a Club still shows 5/5 in the Minors.
 
 
 
 
 

EXAMPLE 3.  If you are a passed hand then there is no need to jump to show the Unusual NoTrump. Just bid No Trump at the lowest  possible level. In this example the 1 No Trump overcall shows 5/5 in the Minors.

EXAMPLES
1.
  RHO
S
____
YOU 
2 NT

 
  2.
RHO
C
____
YOU 
2 NT

 
3.
PARTNER
PASS

LHOX    0RHO
PASSXXXXXXX H      XXXXXX
 

YOU
OPENING BID     IS A PASS
SECOND BID IS
1 NT                 


 
 

MICHAEL’S CUE BID

PREEMPTIVE / DISTRIBUTIONAL

UNUSUAL NO TRUMP

PREEMPTIVE / DISTRIBUTIONAL


 

QUIZ 32

 
 
HANDS 1 - 5
YOUR RHO OPENS 1 D. WHAT IS YOUR BID?
RHO              YOU
 1 D  =====>  ?                                                                                    
  HANDS 6 - 10
YOUR RHO OPENS 1 H.
 WHAT IS YOUR BID?

RHO              YOU
 1 H  =====>  ?                                            
 
1.
SA Q 8 5 4
H K J 6 3 2
D A 5
C 7
________
6.
SA Q 8 7 6
H---------
D J 10 8 6 4
C 9 7 4
________
 
2.

S 6
H Q 10 9 7 5 4
D K 9
C J 7 6
________
7.

S A K J 10 9 4
H 9
D K Q 6 2
C A 5
________
 
3.

S K J 8 6 4
H Q J 9 7 2
D 8 6
C 9
________
8.

S 8
H 5 3
D Q J 7 6 4
C K 9 5 3 2
________
 
4.

S K J 5 4 2
H 9 3
D 9 8
C Q J 8 7 4
________
9.

S Q J 9 7
H 7 4
D A Q 4 3
C K Q 2
_______
 
5.

S J 9 7 3
H K J 8
D A Q 4 3
C A Q 6 2
10.
YOU ARE A PASSED HAND. RHO OPENS 1 S. YOUR SECOND BID IS?
S 9 5 3 
H--------
D Q J 7 5 4
C K 7 6 3

 

ANSWERS to Quiz 32

 

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