The "Michaels" Convention

In-between updating our website, I go into OKB to take a breather, and look up my friends - Egil, of Norway, rma of Beijing, or KCR and Foxxie of USA, and spec at their table. It gets interesting when egil is a spec somewhere also, when we share views. We will share them with you now.....


1.    OKB     MP     week 15     board 13


You are defending 5C, and this is what you are faced with:

 

  S- 83
H- JT9754
D- AT965
C- - -
S- AQ1042
H- AK2
D- J3
C- 1074

 
The Michaels convention works like this:

- If your RHO opens a minor, a direct cuebid shows the majors, with at least 5-5 in the two suits;
-If your RHO opens a major, the direct cuebid shows the other major and an unspecified minor, 5-5 again. Partner bids NT to enquire what your minor is.

 Both vulnerable
hands were rotated for convenience.

WEST


1 S-
Dble
NORTH
ecofin

2 S-
Pass
EAST


4 S-
Pass
SOUTH
mlo

5 C-
Pass

 

You lead the H-K.

Partner contributes the 3, and declarer plays the 8. You decide to cash the S-A, and you receive the king from pard (!) and the 9 from declarer.

How do you continue?

Try it, before reading the solution that appears after the next hand.

 



2.    OKB     IMP     week 15     board 452


  iceking
S- 10
H- Q954
D- AKJ103
C- K63
Dlr: West
Vul: Both
shroit
S- J9832
H- K
D- 9754
C- 852
  altbergr
S- AQ654
H- AJ7632
D- 6
C- Q
  ozdilm
S- K7
H- 108
D- Q82
C- AJ10974
 

West     North    East     South
shroit   iceking  altbergr ozdilm

Pass     1D       1H       2C       
Pass     2NT      3H       Pass     
Pass     3NT      Pass     Pass     
Pass                                

Opening lead: S4    Result: Made 6
Score: 690          Points:  11.52

The 2NT bid sure made it difficult for altbergr to introduce the spades, and whilst 3NT made with 3 overtricks, a 4S contract was cold by E-W!!

The solution?

Simply bid 2D- Michaels, and partner (bless his soul) will judge the hand and leap to the 4-level, to make or as a cheap save!

Why, you may even get doubled there!     lol

Solution to 5Cx hand

hand
rotated

W, Both

NORTH
S- 83
H- J109754
D- A10965
C- - - -
 
WEST
S- AQ1042
H- AK2
D- J3
C- 1074
  EAST
S- KJ765
H- Q63
D- Q42
C- 83
  SOUTH
S- 9
H- 8
D- K87
C- AKQJ9652
 

  You led the H-K, and you then cashed the S-A. Partner contributed the H-3 and the S-K on those two tricks.

At the table egil and I watched West play the H-A at trick 3. Uh oh. See next column.

Declarer ruffed, and played off all the trumps. East got so squeezed that we felt his ping would explode:

  NORTH
S- 8
H- J
D- A10
C- - - -
 
WEST
S- Q10
H- - - -
D- J3
C- - - -
  EAST
S- - - -
H- Q
D- Q42
C- - - -
  SOUTH
S- - - -
H- - - -
D- K87
C- 5
 

East guided his partner well with his first 2 plays. If West plays the S-Q at trick 3, the defense will prevail.

On the run of the trumps, West keeps the H-A and D-J, D-3. East, of course, keeps his three diamonds intact. "Well defended, pard."

Down 1.

 


 

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