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Unusual Versus Unusual (Unusual Over Unusual, Invisible Cuebid) - When opponents' make an Unusual Notrump (or Michaels Cuebid) overcall showing a two-suited hand, many players employ invisible cuebids of the opponents' implied suits and other treatments to bid effectively.  While several methods exist, here is one popular treatment:

Also see page 70 in: Better Bidding With Bergen: Volume 2 - Competitive Bidding, Fit Bids, and More

1.

A bid in partner's suit or a new suit is competitive without showing game interest

2.

A cuebid of the opponents' lower implied suit shows an invitational limit raise of partner's suit, typically showing 5 cards in the suit not implied by the opponents

3.

A cuebid of the opponents' higher implied suit shows game forcing values, typically showing 5 cards in the suit not implied by the opponents

4.

A double shows the ability to penalize at least one of the opponent's implied suits.  Any subsequent double by the partnership is for penalty

Examples:

1C - (2N) - 3C

Competitive with Club, no interest in game

1S - (2N) - 3H

Competitive with 5 Hearts, no interest in game

1S - (2N) - 3C

Invitational, typically 2+ Spades and 5 Hearts

1S - (2N) - 3D

Game forcing, typically 2+ Spades and 5 Hearts

1N - (2N) - X

A double shows values in at least one minor and the ability to penalize opponents in one or both their suits.

 

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