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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

Benjaminised (or Benji) Acol

(Part I)

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 the next session

    • 2
    • 2
  • Today we concentrate on the strong openings
    • 2
    • 2
    • And balanced hand bidding
2 openings
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
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
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
Example

8763

AKQJT4

2

2

43

Q92

2

4

43

AKQ6

AT9763

2

example1
Example

KQ763

9

2

2

K3

A9

3

3

9432

A86

62

AKQJ743

3NT

2 openings1
2 Openings
  • Your strongest bid
  • 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
example2
Example

2

2

763

AKJ

K3

A92

2NT

3NT

9532

A86

Q652

AK43

balanced hand bidding
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+
example3
Example

Q2

K103

2

2

K982

AJ76

2NT

3

Q5432

AK6

3

4

832

AJ4

summary
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