• June 20, 2019

Acol is a natural system of bidding, meaning that your bidding is normally a declaration of your holding and not some coded message. The first thing you need to. This Acol bridge crib sheet is ideal for beginners. Have it handy while you are playing your bridge games! The left hand column shows Opening Bids. The middle. A quick overview of Standard and Acol bidding systems and how to choose which one to play.

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Retrieved from ” https: There are a total of 40 points in the entire pack of cards 10 per suittherefore an average hand will contain 10 points. Evaluating your Hand In order to bid accurately, you need to be able to value your hand. To count shortage use the following table only applicable to sysyem other than declarers trump suit.

If you wish to include this feature, or any other feature, of the game of bridge in your partnership agreement, then please make certain that the concept is understood by both partners. In order to bid accurately, you need to be able to value your hand.

If you have two biddable suits of different lengths, bid the longest suit first. The strong No Syetem is applied when the players are vulnerable. BfA Acol uses intermediate opening hand, 11—16 points. It is our intention only to present the information as concisely and as accurately as possible.

Gambling 3 No Trump equals a long and strong Minor suit with at least two other suits protected with a stopper.

A 4 No Trump Opening is a bid asking for specific Aces. Simon and Bideing Marx became interested in Bridge bidding theory at a new level.

The Acol Bidding System

Acol is an unregulated system. Balanced hands are hands that contain no singletons or voids and a maximum of one doubleton. A fourth suit bid at the 3 level scol similar, but forcing to game. If the opening is one of a suit, then the required strength and Quick Trick ability can be slightly lower than in American methods, especially if the opener holds a 6-card suit.


The original No Trump range was high card points, but this range has been reduced to high card acil over the years. For long suits count an extra point for the fifth card in any suit and every card beyond. Counting Sstem for Length There are various methods for counting length, some always count just long suits, others count short suits and the one implemented in WolfBridge counts long suits when declaring a new suit, but counts shortages when responding to partners suit.

Basic Acol Bidding System

Please include the particular feature on your convention card in order that your opponents are also aware of this feature during the bidding process, since this information must be made known to them according to the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge. The list is definitely incomplete, but the idea is to understand the basics first, and that is the sole purpose and intention of this web presentation. On top of that you should also have stoppers in three suits, stoppers being either and A, a Kx, Qxx or a bare minimum of Jxxx.

List of bidding conventions. The range of the values of the No Trump bid may vary considerably depending on the state of vulnerability and sometimes even on the opening seat. In common usage, the term Acol is understood to refer to a four-card majors system.

This was the first Acol textbook, its authors wisely disclaiming originality: Two-Over-One responses were originally made even on weak hands with about 8 points, but are presently played using the strength required for traditional American Standard, which is approximately 10 high card points.

If you hold two biddable suits of equal length, bid the highest suit first, unless they are spades and clubs, in which case bid the clubs first.

A suit is acl at the one level if you hold four cards with at least one honour card. The main versions of Acol in use today are:. The English Bridge Union. In addition to the list above there are some 4 Aacol and 3 suit opening bids called preemptive bids that show playing tricks rather than HCP’s and are meant to shut out the opposition from bidding.


This means that bidding opener’s first suit is unconditionally forcing. For the village in Kent, England, see Acol, Kent.

Each response shows about 11 high card points. Having established the value of your hand, you also need to look at the shape and decide whether you are going to bid No Trump or which suit s you can bid. The fourth edition introduced three new chapters on competitive bidding, mistakes to avoid, and two clubs over one no-trump the Marx or Stayman convention.

The modern approach is to use the 2NT rebid as forcing and use 3NT as 15—17 with support for the minor that responder has bid one option. Both limit raises and No Trump responses are generally not game-forcing in the basic form of the Acol bidding system. This page was last edited on 6 Decemberat As a precaution always make a quick review of the convention chart to ascertain the 1 No Trump range s. Since one of the cornerstones of the Acol bidding system is the flexibility of the opening of 1 No Trump the player should always pay particular attention to the approach agreed upon by the opponents.

In addition to counting high card points and length, some strong hands are better count purely based on how many tricks you believe you can make, assuming an even distribution of the rest of the cards. If the visiting bridge player wishes to improve his understanding of this particular bidding system, then the purchase is strongly recommend of the following publication authored by Mr.

Culbertson had used some early version of the 4 No Trump bid today commonly known as known as the Blackwood convention. Conventional bids acool largely unknown at this time.

Simon and Marx soon afterwards began a discussion that eventually lead to the first version of the Acol system.