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

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Benji Acol Becoming very popular Becoming very popular Pre-emptive at the 2 level instead of 3 Pre-emptive at the 2 level instead of 3 Note: Note: Must be agreed beforehand with partner Must be agreed beforehand with partner Need a new way of bidding strong Twos Need a new way of bidding strong Twos No change to other parts of your system No change to other parts of your system 1 Level and 3 Level openings remain as they were 1 Level and 3 Level openings remain as they were

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Benji Acol Invented by Albert Benjamin Invented by Albert Benjamin In a nutshell: In a nutshell: 2 is an ‘Acol Two’ in any suit 2 is an ‘Acol Two’ in any suit 2 is 23+ points or Game Force (Acol 2 ) 2 is 23+ points or Game Force (Acol 2 ) 2 is 6-10 points and 6 Hearts 2 is 6-10 points and 6 Hearts 2 is 6-10 points and 6 Spades 2 is 6-10 points and 6 Spades

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We will discuss the weak 2 openings in the next session We will discuss the weak 2 openings in the next session 2 Today we concentrate on the strong openings Today we concentrate on the strong openings 2 2 2 2 And balanced hand bidding And balanced hand bidding

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2 Openings Used to show any hand worthy of a Strong Two opening in any suit Used to show any hand worthy of a Strong Two opening in any suit 8 Playing tricks for a major 8 Playing tricks for a major (Because you can show the suit at the 2 level) (Because you can show the suit at the 2 level) 9 Playing tricks for a minor 9 Playing tricks for a minor (Because you have to show the suit at the 3 level) (Because you have to show the suit at the 3 level)

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Response to 2 Openings 2 2 ALWAYS! ALWAYS! Says – tell me more Says – tell me more In particular – which suit? In particular – which suit? NOTE – this is a relay not a negative NOTE – this is a relay not a negative

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After 2 - 2 2 = 8 playing tricks in Hearts 2 = 8 playing tricks in Hearts 2 = 8 playing tricks in Spades 2 = 8 playing tricks in Spades 3 = 9 playing tricks in Clubs 3 = 9 playing tricks in Clubs 3 = 9 playing tricks in Diamonds 3 = 9 playing tricks in Diamonds (See later for balanced hand bidding) (See later for balanced hand bidding)

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Example AKQJT4 Q92 AKQ6 2 AT9763 22 22 44 22

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Example 9 A9 A86 AKQJ743 KQ763 K 2 22 33 33 3NT

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2 Openings Your strongest bid Your strongest bid 23+ points 23+ points Or can make game by itself Or can make game by itself Exactly the same as Acol 2 Exactly the same as Acol 2 Except the negative response (<8) is 2 Simple as that Except the negative response (<8) is 2 Simple as that

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Example AKJ A92 A86 AK43 763 K Q652 22 3NT 2 2NT

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Balanced Hand Bidding Standard Acol Standard Acol 2NT = NT = -2 -2NT = -2 -2NT = -2 -3NT = -2 -3NT = 25+ New Option New Option 2NT = 19(?)-20 2NT = 19(?)-20 2 -2 -2NT = -2 -2NT = -2 -2NT = -2 -2NT = -2 -3NT = -2 -3NT = 25+

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Example KQ3 AJ76 AK6 AJ4 2 K982 Q NT 22 22 33 4

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Summary 2 is an ‘Acol Two’ in any suit OR 2 is an ‘Acol Two’ in any suit OR Balanced Balanced 2 is 23+ points or Game Force (Acol 2 ) 2 is 23+ points or Game Force (Acol 2 ) 2 is 6-10 points and 6 Hearts 2 is 6-10 points and 6 Hearts 2 is 6-10 points and 6 Spades 2 is 6-10 points and 6 Spades 2NT is 19(?)-20 Balanced 2NT is 19(?)-20 Balanced

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