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slam (partner rates to be stacked in the minors) and

by stressing your hearts you get across that you only

want preference if partner has a real liking for

spades.

However - let's change the hand so that the

majors are reversed:

´ A J 9 7 5 4 3

™ A K Q 9 4

t 5

® -

´ 2

™ 8 7 3 2

t Q 10 8 3

® Q 7 4 3

Now there is a problem with leaping to 4´ on the

second round, as we look at partner's hand:

If you leap to 4´ how is partner supposed to put

you back to hearts? (Anyone who answered 'he bids

5™' gets extra homework - you have missed the

point).

What you want to do is force partner to speak

while telling him you prefer spades. The hand is

wrong for a double - you have a lot of playing

strength and not as much defence as you'd like. You

are expecting to making tricks from shape not

power.

The Dos and Don'ts of

Michael's Cue Bids at higher levels

Do be prepared to double back in when you have

made a two-suited overcall and you hold a

strong hand in high cards, this will let partner

judge.

Do leap to game in the lower of your two suits

if you have lots of playing strength, partner

can convert to your other suit if he wishes.

Don't unilaterally commit your side to playing

the hand just because you have a lot of high

card points, a value showing double allows

partner to exercise his judgement.

Don't Leap to game in the higher ranking of your

two suits, instead cue-bid the opponents

suit again to demand that partner bid. r

The solution I use is to bid the opponents' suit

again:

West North East South

1® 2® 3®

Pass Pass 4®

4® = partner you must choose a suit this time, (I prefer

the higher-ranking one if you are not fussed)

This way you will play in 4™ when partner has a

clear preference, otherwise you'll play in 4´. It will

also help him to judge if there is further bidding. He

will know you are at least 6-5.

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