Tournament Acol
Bird (David) & Bourke (Tim)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

Blurb

    This account of how top tournament players employ the Acol system provides a summary of up-to-date methods of bidding and play in competitive duplicate bridge. The book should also appeal to keen rubber bridge players.
Authors’ Foreword
    Is this yet another book on traditional Acol? In a word, no! The system we describe is not intended for rubber bridge, it is aimed specifically at tournament players who want to go places. We incorporate the latest ‘Total Trick’ ideas: fit-showing bids, support doubles, and jamming the auction when you have found a fit. We extend the use of transfer bids, introducing them to the round of bidding that follows Stayman and the 1NT rebid. If you are an admirer of ‘fourth suit forcing’ we think you will like the Bourke Relay - ‘third suit forcing’. There are so many new ideas, in fact, that we fully expect members of the old school to throw up their hands in horror. Our thanks are due to David Morgan of Canberra, Australia, who reviewed the manuscript and originated some of the Stayman sequences. Enjoy the book, put the ideas into practice, have some fun on the way and - no need to pretend it isn't important - win more often!
Contents
    Foreword - 5
  1. The Opener Holds a Balanced Hand - 7
  2. Transfer Responses to 1NT - 14
  3. Stayman Sequences Opposite 1NT - 27
  4. The Opener Rebids 1NT or 2NT - 37
  5. The Opener Rebids his Suit - 49
  6. The Opener Rebids in a New Suit - 58
  7. Expressing a Trump Fit - 67
  8. The Opener's Reverse and Jump Shift - 79
  9. Fourth Suit Forcing - 84
  10. Opening Two Bids - 90
  11. Three-and Four-Level Openings - 103
  12. Slam Bidding - 111
  13. Take-out and Competitive Doubles - 124
  14. Overcalls - 134
  15. Competitive bidding – 148

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"Bird (David) & Bourke (Tim) - Tournament Acol"

Source: Bird (David) & Bourke (Tim) - Tournament Acol


Contents
    Foreword - 5
  1. The Opener Holds a Balanced Hand - 7
    … Why you should play a 12-14 1NT
    … Tell partner when your hand is balanced
    … Rebidding 2NT
    … Balanced hands of 20 points upwards
    … When to upgrade balanced hands
    … When to downgrade balanced hands
  2. Transfer Responses to 1NT - 14
    … The 2D and 2H transfers
    … Breaking the transfer
    … The 2S and 2NT Transfers
    … The Baron sequence
    … Jumps to three of a suit
    … Direct jumps to game
  3. Stayman Sequences Opposite 1NT - 27
    … Responder signs off at the two level
    … Responder makes a game-try
    … Responder offers a choice of games
    … Transfers after Stayman
    … Delayed transfers to a major
    … Delayed transfers to a minor
    … Semi-balanced hands
  4. The Opener Rebids 1NT or 2NT - 37
    … Transfers opposite a 1NT rebid
    … Jump rebids by responder - Crowhurst
    … Opener has rebid 2NT
  5. The Opener Rebids his Suit - 49
    … The Bourke relay
    … How big is the downside?
    … Opener makes a jump rebid in his suit
  6. The Opener Rebids in a New Suit - 58
    … Strong rebids by the opener
    … Responding to a simple change of suit
    … Responder's options after a change of suit
    … When responder has bid at the two level
    … When responder has bid 1NT
    … When to give preference
  7. Expressing a Trump Fit - 67
    … The single raise
    … The pre-emptive double raise
    … The forcing 2NT raise
    … The pre-emptive game raise
    … The splinter bid
    … The flat game-raise bids
    … When responder has a good side suit
    … Supporting a minor-suit opening
    … The opener shows support
  8. The Opener's Reverse and Jump Shift - 79
    … The reverse facing a one-level suit response
    … The reverse facing a two-level response
    … The opener's high reverse
    … The opener's jump shift
  9. Fourth Suit Forcing - 84
    … Fourth suit forcing to game
    … Responding to a fourth-suit bid
    … Fourth suit to seek support for responder's suit
    … Fourth suit to make a forcing rebid in responder's suit
    … Fourth suit to make a forcing raise in opener's suit
    … Fourth suit to determine the best game
    … When the opener is strong
  10. Opening Two Bids - 90
    … The 2C opening
    … Responding to 2C
    … Responding after 2C – 2D – 2NT
    … The multi-2D opening
    … Responding to 2D
    … The 2H and 2S openings
    … The 2NT opening
  11. Three-and Four-Level Openings - 103
    … Responding to three-bids
    … Trump asking bid
    … The 3NT opening
    … High pre-empts in a major
    … Responding to four-bids
    … The 4NT Opening
  12. Slam Bidding - 111
    … Control-showing cue bids
    … Does a cue bid show a good hand?
    … Cue bidding a shortage
    … Roman Key-Card Blackwood
    … Continuations by the Blackwood bidder
    … Responding to Blackwood with a void
    … The jump shift by responder
  13. Take-out and Competitive Doubles - 124
    … Responding to a take-out double
    … The protective double
    … Further moves by the doubler
    … Responding to a double after intervention
    … The responsive double
    … Third player's action over a double
    … When the opponents have bid two suits
  14. Overcalls- 134
    … Why make an overcall?
    … That's the theory, but ...
    … Weak jump overcalls
    … Simple overcall in the second seat
    … Simple overcall in the fourth seat
    … What to do when you are strong
    … Responding to overcalls
    … The 1NT overcall
    … The Unusual No-trump
    … The Michaels Cue Bid
  15. Competitive bidding - 148
    … Responder's action after an overcall
    … Law of Total Tricks I & II
    … The negative double
    … Fourth player's action after three bids
    … When a second-seat overcall runs to the opener
    … Opener's action when fourth player intervenes



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