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Acol bidders beware
on 29 March 2007
There are two bidding systems in this piece of software, Standard American and Goren. It does not recognise Acol, so if like me you're used to that system, you find yourself in very peculiar contracts. I've often found myself (while playing the game on my laptop on train journeys) getting very odd looks from people as I mouth 'Why didn't you mention your hearts?!' in exasperation at the screen. Other howlers - your parnter bidding no trumps when it has a void, only mentioning a suit once despite holding seven cards in it, etc.
Of course, it's quite useful when it comes to the playing of the game, though the computer plays badly, for example leading an Ace in a suit when dummy (your partner) has a void and can palpably trump in. Hard to know how even 'Standard American' players could regard that as a nifty tactic!
One nice feature though, it plays Bach at the end of each hand. Don't know why I like that but I do!