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#21 User is offline   StevenG 

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Posted 2017-October-30, 07:47

View PostPhilG007, on 2017-October-30, 01:56, said:

I can thoroughly recommend "All About Acol" by Ben Cohen and Rhoda Lederer.
It fully describes the system in its entirety. When it was first published
in the 70s,it went out of print 3 times thus testifying to its popularity
You can order it through a bookseller or via an online bookstore such as
"Abebooks.com" or "Alibris.co.uk"

It's extremely out of date.
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Posted 2017-October-30, 09:35

View PostTramticket, on 2017-October-28, 15:34, said:

Whilst I used to treat these books as my bible, they now feel hopelessly dated and have not stood up well to the passage of time.

We are in urgent need of a good quality Acol text. The best I can do is the English Bridge Union's "Really Easy Modern Acol". But, whilst it is fine for a beginner/intermediate level player. It is too superficial to be useful at a higher level.


I started using the Crowhurst's in the 80s and it is still my main reference. Agreed, it is deficient for those at the highest level now, but by working through and understanding his sequences you can still put up a formidable performance.
An under appreciated part of the book are his examples which clarifies some of the more obscure points.
The books are written with a light touch, his phrase "at the sniff of an oily rag" has stuck with me through the years.
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Posted 2017-October-30, 18:00

I found on german amazon site:

Acol Bridge Lessons For Beginners (English Edition)1. Oktober 2012, Louise Smith
Acol Bridge Flipper (Master Bridge (Cassell))12. Februar 2004, Ron Klinger

and some german texts.

Klingers booklet ist just a listing of bidding lines, more of a memory help.

If you want to play 4-Card-Acol, users in my club say it's very easy, no weak2 which means all bidding of 2something is strong. You need to decide wether you play NT strong or weak or mix both depending on vulnerability.

Good luck!
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