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Stage 2 Conventions by Neil Rosen

Leaping and Non-Leaping Michaels

FURTHER TO my article developing The principle is that you can ‘leap’ to a West North East South

modern ideas on the use of Lebensohl Michaels-style bid at the four level. These 2™ 4t1 Pass 4NT2

continuations when defending against bids guarantee at least 5-5 in the two suits 1 Diamonds and spades

Weak Two bids and the Multi 2t click shown. Since they commit the partnership 2 Roman Key-Card Blackwood

(April 2013 issue, pages 22-23), I to the four level by deliberate choice, a good

thought we would look at Leap- link hand is needed, typically four or five losers RKCB is for diamonds rather than spades.

ing Michaels as a defence to two- at most. The current trend is to play the bids

level openings (Weak Twos and the Multi) as almost forcing (95% or so, anyway). Non-Leaping Michaels

and also consider non-Leaping Michaels As with normal Michaels cue-bids, I

against three-level pre-emptive bids. recommend that you do not use the bid If you do start playing these methods, it is

when holding a strong six-card major, as it very rewarding – not to mention quite

Leaping Michaels makes reaching the best contract so much logical – to play non-Leaping Michaels as

more difficult. well. These bids apply when the oppo-

These are terrific bids to have in your Hand A is a typical example (absolute nents have opened at the three level. Thus:

armoury. They are highly descriptive, very minimum in my opinion):

effective but, just as importantly, enormous Over 3®:

fun to play! Over 2™ (weak) you 4® = Both majors

The basic idea is to play as follows: Hand A can bid 4t to show 4t = Diamonds + major

´ A K J 10 5 the two suits imme-

Over a weak 2t opener: ™ 3 diately. This would Over 3t:

3t = Asks for a stopper t KQJ82 reserve the cue-bid 4® = Clubs + major

for no-trumps ® 43 to ask for a stopper, 4t = Both majors

3™/3´ = Natural and strong so with Hand B:

(six cards, 16-18 HCP) Over 3™:

4® = Clubs + major (at least 5-5) You could bid 3™ 4® = Clubs + spades

4t = Both majors (at least 5-5) Hand B over the opponent’s 4t = Diamonds + spades

´ A5 opening 2™ bid to

Over a weak 2™ opener: ™ 32 ask for a heart Over 3´:

3™ = Asks for a stopper t A8 stopper with no fear 4® = Clubs + hearts

3´ = Natural and strong ® AKQ7642 that partner would 4t = Diamonds + hearts

4® = Clubs + spades interpret it as a

(at least 5-5) Michaels cue-bid. Since you are not jumping, I suggest the

4t = Diamonds + spades need for such a good hand (as was the case

(at least 5-5) Responding to Leaping Michaels for Leaping Michaels, discussed earlier) is

not so strong. For example, with Hand C:

Over a weak 2´ opener: Typically what you do is to ‘choose’ to play

3´ = Asks for a stopper in either of partner’s known two suits. This hand might

4® = Clubs + hearts (at least 5-5) Very rarely you might decide to pass – and Hand C well chance 4t over

4t = Diamonds + hearts I must stress the ‘very’ in ‘very rarely’! ´ 5 a 3´ bid from the

(at least 5-5) Given that the Leaping Michaels bid ™ KQJ32 opposition. The bid

shows a really good hand, the partner of t AQ874 is now not remotely

Over a Multi 2t opener: the ‘leaper’ can sometimes make an imme- ® 42 close to being

3®/3t = Natural diate slam try either via a cue-bid of the forcing.

3™/3´ = Natural and strong, opponent’s suit or Roman Key-Card

at least six cards Blackwood etc. In order to avoid ambi- Adding non-Leaping Michaels to your

4® = Clubs + major (at least 5-5) guity, I would play that RKCB agrees the repertoire does not impact significantly

4t = Diamonds + major suit just bid by the ‘leaper’, e.g. in the on your traditional approach to dealing

(at least 5-5) following auction: with pre-empts. Thus doubles, overcalls at

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