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The Acol Bidding System

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As I dip my toe in the world of bridge today, I keep running across references to “Acol Bidding.” No explanation of the name, which drives me nuts. Finally, I discover (in reading The Backwash Squeeze) that the Acol Bidding System, in common use in England, is named for the street on which it was developed.

The Acol System was the brain-child of bridge players, among whom were Mr. Maurice Harrison-Gray, Mr. Iain Macleod, Mr. J.C.H. Marx, Mr. Terence Reese and Mr. S.J. Simon. The history of the Acol System is rather unique in that it was first employed in 1934 in a relatively small North London Bridge Club located on Acol Street, from whence the name.

That little note greatly relieved my anxiety about the name (I kept trying to figure it out as an acroynm) and, IMHO, should be included whenever the system is described.

Written by Leisureguy

23 September 2007 at 9:25 am

Posted in Bridge, Games

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