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Bidding Opponent's Suit (Directional Asking Bid, Michaels Cue-Bid, Unassuming Cue-Bid)

Conventions that some of us use which, rather curiously, involve bidding a Suit which an Opponent has already bid!


Directional Asking Bid (DAB) - for possible NT contract when Opponent intervenes

Situation: DABer is Opener and either Opponent intervenes before or after Partner has responded
Aim: To get to NT contract if both DABer and Partner hold at least half a stopper in Opponent's Suit
Method: DABer bids Opponent's Suit, asking for at least half a stopper (eg Qx) in Opponent's Suit
Result: Partner, as Responder, bids NT if holding at least half a stopper
   
Examples: (D = DABer, L = Left Hand Opponent, P = Partner, R = Right Hand Opponent)

1  
  D L P R
  1D - 2C 2S
  3S - 3NT

2  
  D L P R
  1C - 1S 2D
  3D - 3NT

3  
  D L P R
  1C - 1D 1H
  2H - 3NT


Michaels Cue-Bid (MCB) - overcall showing 2-suited hand after Opponent opens

Situation: Opponent opens 1 of Suit and MCBer has two very good quality other Suits
Aim: To explore a fit in either Suit
Method: MCBer bids Opponent's Suit: 2C/D = 5-5+ in the Majors; 2H/S = 5+S/H and 5+Minor
Result: Partner gives Suit preference else, over MCB in Major, bids 2NT to determine MCBer's Minor
   
Examples: (R = Right Hand Opponent, M = MCBer, L = Left Hand Opponent, P = Partner)

1  
  R M L P
  1D 2D (Majors) - 2H

2  
  R M L P
  1C 2C (Majors) - 3S (Game try)

3  
  R M L P
  1D 2D (Majors) 5D 5H

4  
  R M L P
  1D 2D (Majors) - 3C (sign off)

5  
  R M L P
  1H 2H (S + Minor) - 2S

6  
  R M L P
  1S 2S (H + Minor) - 2NT (which Minor?)

7  
  R M L P
  1H 2H (S + Minor) - 4S

8  
  R M L P
  1S 2S (H + Minor) - 3NT (end)


Unassuming Cue-Bid (UCB) - showing 10+ points and 3+ card support when Partner overcalls

Situation: Opponent opens 1 of Suit and Partner overcalls (range 7-17 points!)
Aim: To get to Game contract if Partner's overcall is not too weak
Method: UCBer, with 10+ points and support in Partner's Suit, bids Opponent's Suit
Result: Overcaller signs off in own Suit if weak, else bids more strongly (eg Game)
   
Examples: (L = Left Hand Opponent, O = Overcaller, R = Right Hand Opponent, U = UCBer)

1  
  L O R U
  1C 1S - 2C
  - 2S (sign-off)

2  
  L O R U
  1H 1S - 2H
  - 3D - 4S

3  
  L O R U
  1D 1S - 2D
  - 2NT - 3NT

4  
  L O R U
  1C 1H - 2C
  - 3H - 4H

5  
  L O R U
  1D 1H - 2D
  - 4H


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