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The full wording of the announcement is 'Could

be two, with another five card suit' (change 'two' to

'one' or 'zero' as relevant). You can change the detail

of the announcement as appropriate. For example,

if the only possible side suit when you open 1® is

diamonds then you should change the

announcement to 'Could be two with five

diamonds'. Both members of the partnership must

make the same announcement. Don't make the

announcement if you only have five cards in

another suit with at least five in the minor opened.

The Laws & Ethics committee has received a

number of suggestions about other changes to

announcements and will conduct a full review over

the coming year - if yian@ebu.co.ukomments please

let the Secretary know - Ian Mitchell,

ian@ebu.co.uk.

RULES FOR STRONG OPENINGS

The other change is to remove the Extended Rule

of 25 (and 24) for strong openings. This is replaced

with the much simpler rule of '12+ high card points

and five controls' for any strong hand where an ace

is two controls and a king one. It's easy to construct

hands which satisfy this that obviously aren't

particularly strong

´AQ32 ™A7 tK1043 ®742

but it is almost impossible to write an objective

regulation that only allows exactly the hands that

most would agree are 'worth' an Acol Two, so the

emphasis is moving to full disclosure. If you and

your partner agree that

´A10987642 ™A3 tK ®J2, or

´AKQJ654 ™A3 t52 t52

is good enough for a Benji 2® opening that's fine,

but when you describe it to your opponents be clear

that it may be more like a strong pre-empt than the

traditional hand of 'power and quality' with

substantial defence. Similarly if you agree to open a

strong 1® regularly with fewer than 16 HCP you

must make that clear to your opponents.

Note that under the existing rules for multi-style

bids you can agree to open 2® or 2t (or other

higher bids) with a single- or two-suited hand of

any strength and any suit(s), as long as there is no

ambiguity about the suit opened. In addition, there

is still no restriction on the strength of a natural

two-level opening - but if you call it an Acol Two, be

clear about the high card strength the opponents

can expect.

The reason for the emphasis on disclosure - and

the regulation at all - is that it can be difficult to

defend against an opening bid of unknown high

card strength. Most players assume that when the

opponents open a 'strong' bid, they are not likely to

be making anything and the emphasis is on preemption

and disruption of the opponents' auction;

while against a weak opening the focus is on

constructive bidding.

FRANCES' TIP FOR DEFENDING AGAINST 2®

If you are defending against a Benji 2® opening

(Acol Two in any suit) that might include a more

pre-emptive style hand it's a good idea to have some

way of showing values. One way is keep simple

overcalls fairly constructive (jumps are weak), have

a way of showing a good raise of partner's suit, and

not be afraid to make a take-out double. It's true

that many 2® openings have a strong balanced

hand as an option, but the weaker hand with a long

major is far more common. Here's an example:

N/S Game. Dealer East.

´ K Q 10 3 2

™ 5 3 2

t 9 6 2

® A 3

´ 7 6 5 ´ 4

™ 10 ™ A K Q J 9 7 6 4

t J 8 3 t A 5

® K 10 9 7 5 2 ® J 8

´ A J 9 8

™ 8

t K Q 10 7 4

® Q 6 4

N

W E

S

West North East South

2®1 Pass

2t Pass 4™2 Dble3

Pass 4´ 5™ Pass

Pass Dble4 All Pass

1 Benji, Acol Two in any suit

2 Lots of hearts

3 Don't be afraid to get into the auction

4 Double is aggressive (and it's only one off)

but at least N/S have bid their cold game

Finally, overleaf, there's an example of using NT

bids to show a good raise. Cont/. . .

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