Learning to play bridge involves learning a language.
This language is used to communicate with your partner during the auction part of the game and is known as a bidding system. There are several bidding systems in use nowadays, but the three main ones are Acol, Standard American and Precision.
Acol is used by many bridge players around the world, but predominantly in the United Kingdom, the countries of the British Commonwealth and Scandinavia.
The Acol bidding system was devised during the 1920s and 1930s by a group of distinguished bridge players who named it after the road in West Hampstead in which the club then resided, before its move to its current premises in West End Lane.
Read more about the history of the Acol club and its part in the development of the Acol bidding system.
The Acol system has continued to develop and evolve since those early days but it still retains the underlying principle of keeping the bidding as natural as possible, thus as uncomplicated as possible. This distinguishes it from other systems such as Precision.
At the club we teach Acol, though players may use any system they choose at most of our duplicate sessions.