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  1. Some Bidding Techniques Benjaminised (or Benji) Acol (Part II)

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Weak Twos • Now that your 2 &2 openings are weak • We need to consider two aspects: • HCP Strength • Suit Strength

  6. 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

  7. 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:->

  8. Strength of Suit • You should have: • TWO of the top FOUR honours • or • THREE of the top SIX cards:->

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Simple Raise Response • Weak & pre-emptive • NOT invitational • Designed to make life difficult for the opponents

  13. 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

  14. 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 :--

  15. 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

  16. 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?

  17. 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)

  18. When are the HCP strong? • 6 – 7 is weak • 9 – 10 is strong • 8 is a judgement

  19. Example You open 2 and partner responds 2NT – now what?   JT9543 KQT765   AK7 Q75   J6 865   4 76 3 3

  20. Example   KQJT97 A2  876  A32  76  A9832  64  AT3 2 2NT 3 3NT

  21. Example   KT9873 J2  J76  AK2  K6  AQJ32  64  Q83 2 2NT 3 3

  22. Example   KQT983 J2  J76  AK2  K6  AQJ32  64  Q83 2 2NT 3 4

  23. Example     AK7642 T QJ9 853    QJ976 543 AKT8  2    A 92 JT87  KQ6543    KQ954 63 AT7  J82 2 3

  24. 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