Beginner and above

The Opening Bid

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


The guidelines for bidding an opening hand 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.

Once you have determined the hand-type you will be able to decide how to go about bidding the particular hand which you have in front of you.

For those with more experience the menu links on the left should take you to the appropriate pages.

The main content of this section will be found in:-

opening balanced hands;


opening unbalanced hands.

Context  -  Acol bidding.

Theory and Conventions


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