Beginner and above

The Opening Bid

Many auctions take their first wrong turn with the opening bid.


The guidelines for both your assessment of a hand, and for the methods of showing that hand in the bidding, differ according to the shape of the hand - in particular whether or not it is balanced.

You will therefore not be surprised that before you think any more about your opening bid you should first determine the hand-type.

That is the purpose of the next page

assessing the hand

That page will in turn direct you to the page(s) for the specific hand-type in front of you.

For those with more experience the following links will take you to the appropriate pages rather more rapidly.

opening balanced hands

opening 5-4 shape

opening 5-3-3-2 shape

opening unbalanced hands

Context  -  Acol bidding.

This page last revised 30th Aug 2018

Theory and Conventions


M J Bridge