Also known as Garozzo Precision these opening bids were devised and developed by Mr. Benito Garozzo in the year 1978. Several of the bridge players, who used this system of opening bids, and continuances, which eventually were designated as the Volmac Precision bidding system, are Mr. Anton Maas, Elly Schippers, and Marijke van der Pas from The Netherlands.

This bidding system was translated and transcribed by Mr Daniel J. Neill in October 2003, and his translation of the Garozzo Precision, or the Volmac Precision has only been archived and preserved on this site in .pdf file format for future reference.

     

Opening Bids Only

Bid Strength Meaning
1 : 16+ high card points Shows any shape.
1 : 11-15 high card points May have zero plus Diamonds, or
  11-15 high card points shows No Trump range, or
  11-15 high card points shows a primary minor suit, which can be either Minor suit, or
  11-15 high card points shows a distribution of 4-4-4-1.
1 : 11-15 high card points Promises a 5-card plus Heart suit.
1 : 11-15 high card points Promises a 5-card plus Spade suit.
1 NT: 13-15 high card points This point range is only by favorable vulnerability. Denies having both Major suits, or
  14-16 high card points this point range is only by unfavorable vulnerability. Denies having both Major suits.
2 : 11-15 high card points Promises a 6-card plus Club suit with King-Jack-Ten plus - (or a 5-card Club suit with AKQ10 / AKQJ), may have a 5-card Major suit; may have 16 plus high card points if 6 plus losing tricks.
2 : 11-15 high card points Promises a 6-card plus Diamond suit with King-Jack-Ten plus - (or a 5-card Club suit with AKQ10 / AKQJ), may have a
5-card Major suit; may have 16 plus high card points if 6 plus losing tricks.
2 : 4-8 high card points Promises a 6-card Heart suit by favorable vulnerability. Occasionally a 5-card (semi-) solid suit, or
  6-10 high card points Promises a 6-card Heart suit by unfavorable vulnerability. Occasionally a 5-card (semi-) solid suit, or
2 : 4-8 high card points Promises a 6-card Spade suit by favorable vulnerability. Occasionally a 5-card (semi-) solid suit, or
  6-10 high card points Promises a 6-card Heart suit by unfavorable vulnerability. Occasionally a 5-card (semi-) solid suit, or
2NT: 7-10 high card points Distribution: 5-5 plus in both Major suits.
3 : 7-10 high card points Distribution: 5-5 plus in both Minor suits.
3 :   Preemptive.
3 :   Preemptive.
3 :   Preemptive.
3 NT:   Gambling 3 No Trump showing a long (semi-) solid Minor suit.
4 : 7-10 high card points Namyats transferring partner to Hearts. The distinction of bidding 4 Hearts directly is that the Namyats bid shows a stronger holding such as a holding with 4-5 losing tricks.
4 : 7-10 high card points Namyats transferring partner to Spades. The distinction of bidding 4 Spades directly is that the Namyats bid shows a stronger holding such as a holding with 4-5 losing tricks.
4 :   Preemptive.
4 :   Preemptive.
5 :   Preemptive.
4 NT:   Specific Ace-asking.
5 :   Strong in Hearts. The responder passes with no honor in Hearts, 6 Hearts with 1 honor in Hearts, and 7 Hearts with 2 honors in Hearts.
5 :   Strong in Spades. The responder passes with no honor in Spades, 6 Spades with 1 honor in Spades, and 7 Hearts with 2 honors in Spades.

Additional Information

Note: The Volmac Precision strong Club system was developed specifically for the training of the Dutch Vomac group. As the computer was being vigorously introduced as a time-saving device, especially in the country of The Netherlands, several sponsors conducted a simulation of the bidding system on the computer during the 1980 Olympiad in Valkenburg, The Netherlands. The results of the computer demonstration remain unknown.

Note: Maastricht 2000, Bridge Olympiad, Daily Bulletin, Co-ordinator: Jean Paul Meyer • Editor: Mark Horton • Ass. Editors: Brent Manley, Brian • Senior Web Editor: Takis Pournaras, No.: 1 • Sunday, 27 August 2000. In this Daily Bulletin WBF President Jose Damiani, at the opening ceremony, noted that the Olympiad was played twenty years ago in Limburg, the Dutch province of which Maastricht is the capital. In fact, two of the competitors at Valenburg in 1980 will compete again in Maastricht: The Netherlands' Anton Maaas, who earned a Bronze medal, and France's Paul Chemla, who won the Gold (medal).

Note: The picture below shows the festivities and the opening ceremonies at the 2000 Bridge Olympiad in Maastrict, The Netherlands.

     
     

Additional Information

Note: The WBF Bridge Olympiad competition was initially believed to be self-sustaining, but this proved to not be the case. From the year 1980 until the year 1986 the competition was financially unsustainable and sought mainly sponsors among external businesses, corporations, and companies for promotional purposes. Thus, the condition for any sponsorship contained the condition that the name of the company be somehow introduced. This competition, in its sponsoring evolution, began formally in the year 1987 and was first called the Staten Bank Invitational, then the Cap Volmac World Top Tournament, and finally the Cap Gemini Pandata World Top Tournament.

Note: The company carrying the name of Volmac is/was a Dutch software company specializing in information technology and the tournament was actually known as the Cap Volmac Tournament as long as the sponsorship was held by Volmac. The introduction of the computer demonstration at the 1980 Olympiad in Valkenburg, The Netherlands, was most likely as a result of a promotion campaign by the Volmac software company. The company was later acquired by Capgemini, which is a French global IT company.

Note: Mr. Benito Garozzo designated his developed Precision variation after the name of the sponsoring company.

 

 

If you wish to include this feature, or any other feature, of the game of bridge in your partnership agreement, then please make certain that the concept is understood by both partners. Be aware whether or not the feature is alertable or not and whether an announcement should or must be made. Check with the governing body and/or the bridge district and/or the bridge unit prior to the game to establish the guidelines applied. Please include the particular feature on your convention card in order that your opponents are also aware of this feature during the bidding process, since this information must be made known to them according to the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge. We do not always include the procedure regarding Alerts and/or Announcements, since these regulations are changed and revised during time by the governing body. It is our intention only to present the information as concisely and as accurately as possible.

 


     
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