A Brief Bridge History - > Betaacol...
Contract bridge evolved from Whist. If
we trace back all card games based on 52 card deck the great ancestor
is Cribbage - once permitted as the only card game allowed in an
English pub! In the 4 handed version of the game opposite players are
partners! The 2-handed version is still the best card game there is for
two players! The version presented here involves more skill, a faster game but retains the entire spirit of the game.
Since these early days
Bidding systems have proliferated and evolved in nearly a century of
the game. The most well known or heard of systems are in order of usage:Anybody looking to learn bridge would be well advised to start
American Standard bidding system SAYC (not 2 over 1) - and certainly
not ACOL which requires greater skill and experience to achieve a good
level of bidding and experienced players will run rings around you or
Betaacol which is easier to consider after experience of SAYC. Also
definetely not our Betaacol for a beginner! You are welcome to try
betaacol once you are a confident player!
Any bidding system can be supplemented
with numerous 'add-on' conventions. Some of which have been universally adopted as standard. For example:
- American Standard - known as SAYC -
and used throughout the world - based on 5 card majors (variants: Jais Lebel or SEF, '2over1')
- ACOL, a british standard - based on 4
card majors (huge plethora of variants, including Beta ACOL)
- Precision, an example of systems
characterised by a 'Strong Club' opening bid
- Oddities: Polish Club, Fantoni, Ladder, Beta (not our Beta!), Roman, Canape, Neapolitain - all with interesting points
We use Cue-bidding - TURBO, Rubinsohl (superior to Lebensohl),
extensive use of transfers to manipulate who plays a contract, a novel
approach to Take-out double sequences, special handling of 5+-5+
2-suited hands, Conventions: Trustcott, Baron, Swiss, Crowhurst,
Inverted minors, TRAP (against strong club systems), Puppet, Change of
suit forcing, No use of reverse concept - instead working with bidding
level awareness....and others! Our 4NT bid has several meanings which is uniquely determined by context.
But we also have a love of bids that show 2 suits! Also a unique
approach to responding to a T-O double and an organised approach to
bidding in the protective position.
We use a 3-way Multi 2D & a Multi 1NT O'call! Finally a powerful treatment of a classic strong 2C opening which progresses in a Q & A style.
Our system, beta ACOL,
is an 'evolutionary fork' of ACOL. It actually makes use of some of
SAYC, some italian bidding ideas, some old and new conventions, a
comprehensive management of very strong hands, a sytem wide capability
of showing two-suits at a time, a comprehensive management for when
opponents are first to enter the bidding. Its a system that's only
intended for an advanced partnerships looking for a highly integrated well defined modern system.