Please go to the download page for the demo versions and the updates.
In the words of its author:
"One of the best ways to improve your bridge is to have your mistakes explained to you. Too often in a book, or at a lesson, you are told the right thing to do, but there is no-one there when you are bidding at the table to tell you why you are wrong if it is wrong. In Acol Bidding with Bernard Magee each bid will be explained as you make it, giving praise where due, but more poignantly explaining your mistakes."
The program is operated very similarly as Q-plus Bridge, but the hands are not given randomly, rather, there are 200 deals each prepared by Bernard Magee.
© A Q 9 5
¨ Q 7 3
§ Q J 9 5
Your partners opens 1§. The first hurdle
is not too high - you should answer1©
mentioning your 4-card major rather than supporting partner's minor. Partner
Should you bid notrumps? If so, at what level? Or is it safer to support your partner's suit, but at what level? Or perhaps you don't have enough information to make this decision, so you should continue to describe your own hand? Or should you ask partner to describe his hand? If so, how?
Well, we don't give the solution here...
(But this hand is one of the 5 hands of the free demo version!)
In the program, if you select a wrong bid, you get an explanation that says what's wrong, and if you select the correct bid, the bidding continues until the final contract is reached.
The bids are given marks and if you get all bids of an auction right, you get 100 points. Each wrong bid results in a reduction.
At the following page you may see the user interface during the bidding - in addition you hear the spoken explanation (if you have a sound card and your Internet browser is properly configured).Besides the explanations to the individual bids, at the end of an auction there is always an explanation which discusses the bidding as a whole.
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