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Some Bidding Techniques. Benjaminised (or Benji ) Acol (Part II). Benji Acol. Becoming very popular Pre-emptive at the 2 level instead of 3 Note: Must be agreed beforehand with partner Need a new way of bidding strong Twos No change to other parts of your system

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Some Bidding Techniques

Benjaminised (or Benji) Acol

(Part II)

benji acol
BenjiAcol
  • Becoming very popular
  • Pre-emptive at the 2 level instead of 3
  • Note:
    • Must be agreed beforehand with partner
    • Need a new way of bidding strong Twos
    • No change to other parts of your system
      • 1 Level and 3 Level openings remain as they were
benji acol1
BenjiAcol
  • Invented by Albert Benjamin
  • In a nutshell:
    • 2 is an ‘Acol Two’ in any suit
    • 2 is 23+ points or Game Force (Acol2)
    • 2 is 6-10 points and 6 Hearts
    • 2 is 6-10 points and 6 Spades
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We will discuss the weak 2 openings in this session

    • 2
    • 2
  • We dealt with the strong openings last time
    • 2
    • 2
    • And balanced hand bidding
weak twos
Weak Twos
  • Now that your 2 &2 openings are weak
  • We need to consider two aspects:
    • HCP Strength
    • Suit Strength
high card point strength
High Card Point Strength
  • At most 10
    • With 11 and a six card suit you have a opening 1 level bid
  • At least 6
    • Stretch down to 5 if all points in the long suit
    • With a T & 9
strength of suit
Strength of Suit
  • IT is important to have some strength
  • Don’t open a weak 2 if your suit is horrible
  • This would be a mis-description
  • More detail:->
strength of suit1
Strength of Suit
  • You should have:
  • TWO of the top FOUR honours
  • or
  • THREE of the top SIX cards:->
strength of suit2
Strength of Suit

Excellent

A-K-9-8-7-6

K-Q-J-7-6-5

A-J-T-5-4-3

Q-J-T-5-4-3

Only Just

K-J-7-6-5-4

A-T-9-4-3-2

Q-J-8-7-6-5

J-T-9-7-6-5

Bad

Q-7-6-5-4-3

J-T-7-4-3-2

A-T-7-6-5-4

K-T-8-7-6-5

responding to weak twos
Responding to Weak Twos
  • The most common response is
  • PASS
  • With 16+ points there are 3 types of response
    • Change of suit
    • 2NT
    • Simple raise
change of suit response
Change of Suit Response
  • VERY unusual
  • Very strong hand that doesn’t want to play in the bid suit
    • Forcing for one round
    • 5+ cards
  • Very similar to change of suit after an opening 3
simple raise response
Simple Raise Response
  • Weak & pre-emptive
  • NOT invitational
  • Designed to make life difficult for the opponents
2nt response
2NT Response
  • The main strong option
  • A conventional response (Ogust)
  • Asks for more description of the opening hand
  • Please be more precise about
    • HCP strength
    • Strength of your suit
opener s re bids
Opener’s re-bids
  • After Pass - Pass
  • After simple raise – Pass – more on this later
  • After change of suit –
    • Treat this the same as a change of suit after a 3 or 4 level pre-empt
  • After 2NT :--
opener s re bids after 2nt
Opener’s re-bids after 2NT

OR – 3NT shows exactly A-K-Q-x-x-x in the major bid

I like to think of the  &  bid as easy to remember

For  &  – bid I like higher with more HCP

responder re bids after 2nt is answered
Responder re-bids after 2NT is answered
  • With a weak 3 opening from partner continuations are often a guess
  • With a weak 2 you now know a lot more
  • And can have an educated auction
  • BUT
  • In this context – what is a strong suit?
when is a suit strong
When is a suit strong?
  • The suit is STRONG
  • IF and ONLY IF it has
  • TWO of the top THREE honours
    • K-Q-6-5-4-3 counts as strong
    • A-J-T-9-8-7 counts as weak
    • (With the 3 top honours between you you’ll take 6 tricks)
when are the hcp strong
When are the HCP strong?
  • 6 – 7 is weak
  • 9 – 10 is strong
  • 8 is a judgement
example
Example

You open 2 and partner responds 2NT – now what?

JT9543

KQT765

AK7

Q75

J6

865

4

76

3

3

example1
Example

KQJT97

A2

876

A32

76

A9832

64

AT3

2

2NT

3

3NT

example2
Example

KT9873

J2

J76

AK2

K6

AQJ32

64

Q83

2

2NT

3

3

example3
Example

KQT983

J2

J76

AK2

K6

AQJ32

64

Q83

2

2NT

3

4

example4
Example

AK7642

T

QJ9

853

QJ976

543

AKT8

2

A

92

JT87

KQ6543

KQ954

63

AT7

J82

2

3

summary
Summary
  • 2 is an ‘Acol Two’ in any suit OR
    • 21-22 Balanced
  • 2 is 23+ points or Game Force (Acol2)
  • 2 is 6-10 points and 6 Hearts
  • 2 is 6-10 points and 6 Spades
  • 2NT is 19-20 Balanced
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