Michaels Cue Bids
Michaels Cue Bids are used as a way of showing 2 suits at the same time when overcalling in bridge. Whilst an ordinary overcall shows a single long suit of 5 or more cards, a Michaels Cue Bid shows two long suits of 5 cards or more - in one bid.
- 1♣ - 2♣ = 5 hearts and 5 spades
- 1♦ - 2♦ = 5 hearts and 5 spades
- 1♥ - 2♥ = 5 spades and 5 of a minor
- 1♠ - 2♠ = 5 hearts and 5 of a minor
When to make a Michaels Cue Bid
The most important point is that your suits must be good. A useful rule of thumb is that each suit should contain two of the top four honors. You don't have to have an opening hand - just good suits, so the strength may vary. The reason that you need to have good suits is that the auction may easily be forced to the 3-level.
This is a perfect Michaels Cue Bid. Partner now has an accurate picture of your hand and can support either of your suit, secure in the knowledge that your suits are of good quality.
2♥ shows the other major plus at least 5 of a minor.
Responding to a Michaels Cue Bid
In general you should respond as you would to a normal overcall, except that you are spoilt for choice! Support partner with a fit in one or both of the suits. Bid game if you are strong and have a fit. Even if you do not have many high card points, the more trumps you have the higher you should bid.
Partner has shown hearts and spades. You have support for both suits and a good hand. Bid 4♠. You are now not bidding just on your trump fit but on your strength. Your club weakness is not a worry as partner is likely to have two at the most.
Partner has shown 5 hearts and 5 of a minor. You don't want to play in hearts but rather in partner's minor. You are not interested in game so bid 3♣. Partner will pass with clubs or else convert to 3♦.