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Some Bidding Techniques. Benjaminised (or Benji ) Acol (Part I). 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

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Some Bidding Techniques

Benjaminised (or Benji) Acol

(Part I)

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
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

We will discuss the weak 2 openings in the next session

• 2
• 2
• Today we concentrate on the strong openings
• 2
• 2
• And balanced hand bidding
2 Openings
• Used to show any hand worthy of a Strong Two opening in any suit
• 8 Playing tricks for a major
• (Because you can show the suit at the 2 level)
• 9 Playing tricks for a minor (Because you have to show the suit at the 3 level)
Response to 2 Openings
• 2
• ALWAYS!
• Says – tell me more
• In particular – which suit?
• NOTE – this is a relay not a negative
After 2 - 2
• 2 = 8 playing tricks in Hearts
• 2 = 8 playing tricks in Spades
• 3 = 9 playing tricks in Clubs
• 3 = 9 playing tricks in Diamonds
• (See later for balanced hand bidding)
Example

8763

AKQJT4

2

2

43

Q92

2

4

43

AKQ6

AT9763

2

Example

KQ763

9

2

2

K3

A9

3

3

9432

A86

62

AKQJ743

3NT

2 Openings
• 23+ points
• Or can make game by itself
• Exactly the same as Acol 2
• Except the negative response (Less than 8) is 2
• Simple as that
Example

2

2

763

AKJ

K3

A92

2NT

3NT

9532

A86

Q652

AK43

Balanced Hand Bidding
• Standard Acol
• 2NT = 20-22
• 2-2-2NT = 23-24
• 2-2-3NT = 25+
• New Option
• 2NT = 21-22
• 2-2-2NT = 19-20
• 2-2-2NT = 23-24
• 2-2-3NT = 25+
Example

Q2

K103

2

2

K982

AJ76

2NT

3

Q5432

AK6

3

4

832

AJ4

Summary
• 2 is an ‘Acol Two’ in any suit OR 19-20 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 21-22 Balanced