On a recent Thursday evening game, I filled in with Jackie Key to avoid a sit-out. Jackie and I had never played together, and since Jackie came in at the last minute, we did not have a chance to fill out a card. While we were rushing through a discussion of the various conventions we played, the topic of the so-called “unusual-vs-unusual” convention came up. I will not discuss this convention at this moment, other than to note that it is a defense to a Michaels cue-bid, and is somewhat complicated. (Those of you who are interested may click here for a summary of the convention). Jackie suggested that we discuss the convention if we were to play it, but we did not have the time to do so without holding up the game. “No problem”, I said. “It will never come up; those types of rarely used conventions never come up … unless, of course, the partnership does not discuss them.” The four of us around the table laughed, not realizing how prophetic my joke would be.
One of the many or our bottoms of the night was board 7, for which I (West) was dealt the following hand.
I naturally opened 1♣. North overcalled 2♣ — a michaels cue-bid showing at least 5-5 in the major suits, my partner passed and my RHO bid a gentle 2♥. With a 7-card club suit having good intermediates, I’ll just re-bid my suit so I bid 3♣; North bid 3♥, partner and RHO passed, and the bidding is back to me.
What do you think I bid? The answer may surprise you. Here is the bidding so far:
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