Leaping Michaels is a conventional 4 or 4 jump overcall of a weak 2 or 2 to show a good two-suited hand (at least 5-5, frequently longer). It is an extension of the Michaels cuebid, and gets its name from the "leaping" or "jumping" aspect of the overcall.


The 4 Jump Overcall

4 shows clubs and the unbid major after the opponents open 2 or 2.

AKT98
Hvoid
DAT
CKQJT52
  
Opponent 1    
Pass
Partner    
Pass
Opponent 2    
2
Overcaller    
4 (1)


(1) Leaping Michaels, showing clubs and spades (the other major).


The 4 Jump Overcall

4 shows diamonds and the unbid major after the opponents open 2 or 2.

AT
HAQJ53
DAJT85
C7
  
Opponent 1    
2
Partner    
Pass
Opponent 2    
Pass
Overcaller    
4 (1)


(1) Leaping Michaels, showing diamonds and hearts (the other major).


Responses to 4C

4D is artificial, asking partner to bid his major.


Responses to 4D

4H asks partner to pass or correct to 4S.


Other Considerations

  • Playing Leaping Michaels, a 3 or 3 cuebid shows a strong balanced hand, and asks partner to bid a 3NT with a stopper in the enemy suit.

  • See also Phillip Alder's column on Leaping Michaels in the New York Times.

See also

  • Colorful Cue Bid
    An older, conventional cuebid to show a two-suited hand based on suit color.

  • Copenhagen
    A set of specialized jump overcalls that show two-suited hands.

  • Defense to Michaels
    A conventional defense employed by the opening side after an enemy Michaels cuebid.

  • Ghestem
    An overcall structure for showing any type of two-suited hand.

  • Michaels Cue Bid
    A cuebid of an opposing suit to show a two-suited hand. (The convention that Leaping Michaels is based on.)

  • Roman Jump Overcalls
    A set of 2-level jump overcalls that show two-suited hands.

  • Unusual 2NT
    A conventional 2NT overcall to show the two lowest unbid suits.

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