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  • JackC The whole point of bidding 1C with 4 2 3 4 hands is that you will bid 1S over a red suit response, thus showing a probable 4 4 distribution (could have 5 clubs) thus denying 5 spades and avoiding partner having to make a useless unbalanced 1NT…
  • I disagree with the last comment.  If you always bid two 4-card suits upwards you don't need to play 5-card majors, with their "convenience?" minor suit bids.  The only time an opening 1S woould not be a 5-card suit is with exactly 4,3,3,3 distribut…
  • The old Acol 2C let you find a game or slam in any denomination. The 2D, 2H and 2S bids took three bids all saying the same thing. Benjamin used the 2C opener to find the strong two suit and the 2D bid as a game force, This also released the ope…
  • Going back to Jeremy's comment, his partner could have made a negative double which would have shown 4 Spades and solved the problem. jackc
  • regardless of systems considerations, isn't you partner likely to be indifficulties with his responses if your 1NT can be 12 to 16 with an odd singleton floating about? What's wrong with pening your 4 card suit and rebidding NT at the appropriate l…
  • Doesn't strength come int the argument too as well as shape. You can mak a 1 level suit overcall on 8-15 but I wouldn't want to double on the 8 end. also with more than 15 double first and bid later. You can't have an overcall range fron 8 to 17 o…
  • Eleven tables is not too bad. 22 boards give you an early night occasionally. The awkward one is ten tables as 20 boards is too few and 30 is far too many for a three hour session. One suggestion your TD could try is a Bowman movement which , with …
  • A frther comment. With an even number of tables (ie 5 !/2 7 1/2 etc) an EW sitout on the highest numbered table makes sense as it does away with the need for the highest numbered table and table 1 to share boards when playing a share and relay M…
    in Sitting out Comment by JackC March 2012
  • What's wrong with N/S sitting out if ther is an odd number of tables and E/w if there is an even number? JackC
  • The requirement of 11 points when bidding Stayman has never been standard Acol. The only criterion was that the 2C bidder could live with any of the respnses. Ben Cohen and Rhoda Barrow's book "All About Acol" published in 1969 specifically mentio…
  • JackC I certainly endorse the bid with 5, double with 4 philosophy. In general I find the problem comes when you have a minimum response hand, say 6 to 8 points and were going to make a 1 level reply. When you RHO's interference stops you making y…
  • Whatever I lead from 9862 can be misinterpreted. 8 then 9 does look like MUDv no argument there. Equally the 2 is surely telling partner I have an honour at the top, just as the 3 would indicate either a five card suit or an honour, or both. I fe…
  • I have always thought it odd that with 8 playing tricks in a single suit hand, Acol players had to rebid an unmakeable 3 level contract, if partner replies 2NT on a bust. Maytbe that's why Benji 2C is so popular. JackC
  • INT is close but I think I prefer double (though I wouldn't bid Diamonds later). If partner can bid over his RHO's 1NT especially if he bids clubs, as he should with 6-4 surely, the finding 3nt is no problem. In fact as partner has shown 6 to 9 po…
  • Think what the rest of the room will do. Bid 3nt. If it goes down you will have plenty of company. If you bid 5D and 3NT makes you will get a bad score anyway. JackC
  • I am all for a good 11 as you are not going to miss anything, but a poor 15 I am not so happy about as you might miss something if partner's bits and pieces fit with yours. You also stand to be criticized by the opposition if partner has announced …
  • Thanks for all your comments. I've been experimenting with the options and I find I like bidding Clubs first with four Spades and four Clubs, though I admit partner is in temporary doubt about my strength. It has not led to the uncertainty I expect…
  • Thanks Daisy, I take your point. Declarer felt that a five card suit and 14HCP was a bit strong for 1NT, and that a 1NT rebid was the smaller lie. As stated the results were unfortunate. JackC
  • Come to think of it, if partner is weak his bid over 1S will be a catch-all 1NT which puts your hand on the table - possibly not a good idea. Moreover if I open a club it gives partner an opportunity to bid my doubleton which makes subsequent NT bid…
  • Ok, but what do you recomend after 1C, (1H). when you are, say. 3,3,4,3, or 3.3.5.2 with a few points. You were all set to respond 1D but no longer can and 2D (if you were strong enough) promises a five card suit and 10+ points. If you pass partn…
  • Thanks Jonno, I think you have convinced me. JackC
  • Thank you both. I hadn't heard of the EBU scheme, and the calculation above looks easy enough to be worth a trial run. JackC
  • I think that the 2 from 9862 is not good because partner will expect you to have an honour, playing the 8 fo;;owed by the 9 next time tells partner you have no honour and are not interested in continuing the suit. JackC
  • Thaks very much, Daisy, very useful indeed. JackC
    in funny bridge Comment by JackC June 2009
  • Thamks for that HarryWMG. I read the crib sheet but , as ever with crib sheetsw, there were no reasons given. With 4-4 in Clubs and Spades opening 1C and rebidding 1S over a red suit response gets three suits bid at the one level, and prevents par…
  • For years there have been arguments about what does and what does not constitute a reverse to the confusion of generations of beginners. Using the Barrier principle the term "reverse" is redundant. It's so simple. If you bid above your barrier y…
    in Reverse? Comment by JackC June 2008
  • 4th best is NOT the standard lead against NT. Find the suit first, your own, partner's, or an unbid one for example. Then find the card. Tops of sequences or near sequences from choice. 4th highest should show an honour. Would you lead the 2 from…
  • I think you have talked yourself into playing transfers. Why not, they're great. JackC