August 2017 English Bridge
ACOL OPENING BIDS
D Open almost all hands with 12 points.
D When deciding if you should open an 11 point
hand, your default should be to pass. If you are
thinking of bidding, consider the following …
GOOD: most of your points are in your
longest suits; a singleton somewhere; points in
aces and kings rather than queens and jacks;
extra shape such as a 6-card suit; good spot
cards (10s & 9s).
BAD: singleton kings, queens and jacks, or
doubleton queens and jacks; balanced hands.
D Always open your longest suit, even if it's not
D With two five card suits open the higher
D With two four card suits, open hearts before
spades before a minor. With 4-4 in the minors
start with clubs. r