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

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

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 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)

6 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

7 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)

8 Example    AKQJT4 Q92 AKQ6 2    AT9763 22 22 44 22

9 Example    9 A9 A86 AKQJ743    KQ763 K 2 22 33 33 3NT

10 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

11 Example    AKJ A92 A86 AK43    763 K Q652 22 3NT 2 2NT

12 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+

13 Example    KQ3 AJ76 AK6 AJ4    2 K982 Q NT 22 22 33 4

14 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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