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If the bidding had gone 1-(2)-2-(3) then X would be a maximal double and 3 a competitive bid. So we would play this as a maximal double.
July 17
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I like Language of bidding (Acol Edition) by Nick Hughes and Paul Marston. Paul has a very clear style of writing which is easily understood.

We give our learners the House of Cards Bridge book (http://tinamcveigh.com/bridge-shop.htm) which covers Acol with weak twos (including 2 Diamonds)
July 3
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We have agreed to play
3 = Diamonds and Hearts
3 = Hearts and Spades
3 = Spades and Diamonds
June 30
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I could well imagine that in my Precision partnership that we could have the same bidding. After an 11-15 Diamond opening I might only want to bid 2 not wanting to force to game but happy to bid again. After the second double, the redouble would show maximum hand and wanting to play.
May 19
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The problem with the 3 card raise is that opener is now going to reevaluate their hand based on the 9+ card fit.

We play that the only time partner can do that is when partner is going to take over control of the bidding - ie it sets trumps and can then drive to slam.
April 15
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Are you saying that David isn't appealing?
March 21
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If the lead is from J108 then the singleton K will pop. If it is from KJ108 then the J will be ruffed.
March 18
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Or from length as well
March 17
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Great story and a great initiative. Well done.
Dec. 27, 2018
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For us 3 would show an extreme 2 suited hand (at least 5-6).
Sept. 25, 2018
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I prefer opening 2 with 6. However, even when I was playing 2 showing 5, I would have opened the above hand with 1 because you have three strains to choose from and if you open 2 you wouldn't be able to explore a contract.

Opening 1, you can raise Hearts, rebid over 1 Spade response and drive to a Diamond game over a 2 response.
Sept. 11, 2018
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Either as Nikos says above or use 1NT to show a hand that is suited to play in NT. So scattered honours that you want lead up to.

If partner is a balanced hand, she will have more points so it might usually be better placed to have the lead coming up to her so if you bypass 1 you are make a deliberate choice to play NT from your side.
Aug. 27, 2018
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I don't have support for you and I think we might have 8 tricks in if opener has some support
Aug. 12, 2018
Michael Johnstone edited this comment Aug. 12, 2018
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In New Zealand, our national body, NZBridge, has provided a set of 10 lessons for beginners (teaching 4 card Acol). The first lesson starts with mini-bridge and then progresses from there.

The course details can be found here: http://www.nzbridge.co.nz/teaching-materials.html

As you can see there are lesson handouts, a quiz, a dealing file for the hands and a video of the lesson.

I feel it is important to get cards in their hands as soon as possible, keep the talking to a minimum and have fun.
June 26, 2018
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Double shows Diamond suit and not suitable to bid 3. Encourages opener to ‘raise’ with good support and suitable hand.
June 20, 2018
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A richly deserved recognition for both of them!
June 10, 2018
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@Steve I searched Google for bridgewinners.com: “Margaret, I like this idea.” and got your comment, so that can work.

However I agree that it would be great if there were better search functions within Bridgewinners. I would like the ability to be able to create a tag for conversations or articles that I know that i will want to refer back to later.
May 13, 2018
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@Eric As I understand it, in Acol if the bidding goes
1 1
2 the 2 bid limits the hand to 15 points so responder can pass. ‘The barrier’ Ian referred to is the opening suit so if opener's rebid is higher than the opening suit it is showing a stronger hand (either a reverse or a jump rebid.)

So from that point of view, 2 would be NF but the issue is whether a second suit from responder is forcing. Opener has rebid his suit (and limited his hand) so responder could pass.

Like Ian, I teach Acol but don't play it.
May 7, 2018
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Sorry, I meant 1 was a underbid. It should show 0-8 points in Hearts and on a bad day could be a 3 card suit. I have edited my reply above.
Jan. 28, 2018
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1 from N is a complete underbid. With 7 losers game is very likely in 3 suits. I would bid 2 and at least invite game.
Jan. 28, 2018
Michael Johnstone edited this comment Jan. 28, 2018
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