Originally Posted by chuckleslovakian
Alright MP tourney with FCBL
West Me East FCBL
1H P P 2H
P 2S P 3S
P 4S P P
Making 6 easy, but is it biddable, or even 6C for that matter? I felt my hand was incredibly strong based on how the bidding went.
Time to attack this one, as I'm simply not productive this morning.
As was mentioned, many people like to play that michaels (the cuebid of opener's suit, showing a two-suiter, in this case spades and a minor) is made only with a weakish hand or a very strong one; many others stretch to use it with appropriate shape, even when the strength is intermediate. I am in the former camp, but I'll look at both auctions.
If you play "loose" michaels:
(1H) P (P) 2H (spades and a minor);
2S (plenty, if pard is weak) - 3C (the right bid to show extras -- even though your spades are excellent, partner needs to know your shape
to evaluate things correctly);
4C (forcing -- going past 3NT when it's a possible contract, without looking for it, for example with a 3H bid, is a game force) - 4H (not thrilled, because you're overbidding a bit, but the quality of the spades allows you to do this);
... and now either check for aces and kings, and chance the grand (if he has all the aces, which is moderately likely from advancer's perspective, on the assumption that there will be a diamond pitch on a spade at some point, or
, if you have these methods available, bid 4S to establish a double fit, and hope intervenor (the michaels bidder) can now use two-suit keycard. I'd just go with blackwood, as the odds the spades don't produce the pitch or pitches that I need is pretty low.
On the actual hand you're missing an ace, so you bid six clubs. Intervenor doesn't correct to 6S because he never learns of the secondary fit.
If you play "strict" michaels:
(1H) P (P) 1S (really heavy for it, but you expect the auction to stay open);
2NT (natural, and a perfect description) - 3C (natural);
4C? (probably reasonable, because if intervenor has a real two-suiter you will probably be best in clubs or spades rather than notrump) - 4H;
4S? (figuring your hand was only worth one try, and 5D is too expensive) - 5C (one more try, as you've underbid to this point);
6C (what more can partner want?)
Much tougher auction this way, and the partnership could definitely miss game.
If you elect to start with 2S:
(1H) P (P) 2S (right on strength, wrong on shape);
3C (forcing, as advancer has denied holding good-enough clubs to be signing off here when intervenor has shown no interest in such a contract; no number of notrump works, as 3NT, which is correct on strength, is wrong with the doubleton ten of spades, which means that 4S could be right) - 4C (excited as heck);
4D - whatever ace-asking mechanism you have, ending at 6C.
If you're thinking that intervenor should be forcing the partnership into spades when he has learned of the big club fit and spade tolerance, the answer is that that would be appropriate at the game level, but not usually the slam level. If it were really easy to get to slam then it would be very important to be in the highest-scoring one, but with an opponent having opened you're happy to get to any slam, and you choose the one that rates to be safest.
Totally other thing: I need to play. I haven't played a club or tournament game in three years, but it's time. Myrmidon, I think you said you're in Houston? We could try playing some MTWTh.