Unusual 2NT

Unusual 2NT is a convention which allows you to show certain two-suited hands after the opponents have opened the bidding. Here's how it works:

 After the opponents open, a 2NT overcall shows at least 5-5 in the two lowest unbid suits.

When is 2NT Unusual?      A bid of 2NT is Unusual when:

 1.     The opponents have opened the bidding, and 2.     There are at least two unbid suits, and 3.     Neither you nor your partner has previously bid or doubled.

Also, a bid of 2NT is not Unusual after a preemptive opening. (It is instead similar to a 1NT overcall.)

EXAMPLES:     All of the following 2NT bids are Unusual:

 (1) — 2NT (1) — 2NT (1) — Pass — (1) — 2NT (1) — Pass — (2) — 2NT (1) — Pass — (1) — Pass — (1NT) — 2NT

The Michaels Cuebid

The Michael's Cuebid is another convention that allows you to show certain two-suited hands. Here's how it works:

 After the opponents open a minor suit, a cuebid of their suit shows at least 5-5 in the majors

When is a Cuebid Michaels?      A non-jump cuebid of the opponents' suit is Michaels if:

 1.    The opponents have opened the bidding in a minor suit, 2.    They have bid only one suit so far, and 3.    Neither you nor your partner has previously bid or doubled.

EXAMPLES:    All of the following cuebids are Michaels:

 (1) — 2 (2) — 3 (1) — Pass — (2) — 3 (1) — Pass — (1NT) – 2