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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

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


Some bidding techniques

  • 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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