Thursday, January 12, 2012

me versus the ROBOTS part II

This was an interesting hand. In the field, all but three people opened 2NT, and after 3D transfer arrived in a hopeless 4H.
Here, LHO overcalled 1S, and bot partner found an interesting negative double showing values and hearts. I blasted 3NT.
In 3NT, ROBOT W had a chance to beat me, because my own hand on the run of the hearts came down to Kx of spades. Robot W has to keep three spades to the AQJ, he can throw diamond, even the dQ. His partner needs to have DA to push spades through. When he came down to ?x of diamonds and AQ of spades, I endplayed Robot W in spades for my ninth trick, avoiding any nasty D misguesses.

me versus the ROBOTS part I-

Regular BBO'ers may know that the delightful possibility of entering matchpoint pairs tournament with only robots at each table, is a feature on the website. In some sense this is pure bridge and fair competition since each human opposes consistent bidding and play. Unlike a real MP game, the vicissitudes of random gifts from a roving EW pair or two are not present.

I was annoyed when my bot partner jumped my 3NT to 6NT. The three card ending was interesting.On trick 11, Robot W put his partner under needless pressure with the stupid discard of the ST. Why would he keep two hearts when only the Q was out of sight? Robot E made the final mistake.

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In these pages, I comment on hands from Bridge Base Online ACBL tourneys. I play in these with a variety of partners with different degrees of skill. I might present a hand or two from my collection of bridge books, every now and then. I am more interested in play and defense than in complex bidding systems, but I do follow the cut and thrust of Vanderbilt and World Championship Vugraph and try to keep abreast of expert practice in the obstructive and constructive bidding system department. I may also feature, newspaper-style, famous hands from important matches that I saw on Vugraph.

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Bridge expert for 20 years. I started blogging about bridge only in 2009. Chess follower. Problem fan. Studied hundreds of composition themes in two-movers, fairy chess, the former from the Good Companion era to the modern style of virtual play. Big collector of chess and bridge rare books. My two game blogs bridge blog, and my chess problem themes blog chess expo

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