Theory vs Practice (Le Bridgeur Magazine No. 923)

Final of the Excellence Mixed Four

2017 World Vice-Champion Jérôme Rombaut writes a column in the French magazine “Le Bridgeur” every two months. In the article below, published in issue 923 of the magazine (September / October 2019), here is a very interesting deal from a DN1 (national division) match scored by matchpoints. When it comes to how to play the cards of a suit, there is a difference between theory and practice. Should you opt…

Bridge events not to be missed in 2020

2020 will be a highly eventful year for the bridge world! To get a clearer picture of what is in store, we asked our expert Jérôme Rombaut for advice. What are the players and teams to follow in 2020? Which competitions are not to be missed? Jérôme tells us everything. Jérôme Rombaut’s expectations for 2020 2020 promises to be an incredible year for bridge! Some teams are under pressure, others…

Think twice before you pick a slam – by Milan Macura

Once again over one thousand players (1,063) participated in the IMP tournament and 779 players joined the MP one. MPs results IMPs results Think twice before you pick a slam Videos MPs results When I played the tournament, it seemed that no one would score over 80% this week, but in the end San2 finished with 82.07% and won by a big margin. This player has played over 100,000 boards…

Are 18-19 HCP enough for strong 2♣? – by Milan Macura

The first tournament of 2020 broke the records. For the first time, we have reached over 1,000 players in one tournament and we were close to over 2,000 in both tournaments combined: 811 players participated in the MP tournament and 1,163 players in the IMP one. MPs results IMPs results Are 18-19 HCP enough for strong 2♣? Videos MPs results It was possible to reach over 85% with the cards…

When to play 3NT instead of 4M? – by Milan Macura

Almost 1,100 players joined the last tournaments in 2019 during the Christmas holidays: 500 in MPs and 592 in IMPs. Thank you for being with us and having fun together at the exclusive tournaments. Wish you all the best in the New Year! MPs results IMPs results When to play 3NT instead of 4M? Videos MPs results There was again only one player who scored over 80%, the lucky one…

When you bid aggressive, better declare well – by Milan Macura

The third week of December attracted over 1,500 players: 661 in MPs and 867 in IMPs. A great indicator of the popularity of weekly exclusive tournaments is that more and more players mark them as their favorites: 743 players in MPs and 887 players in IMPs. Are we going to reach the 1,000 theshold over the New Year? MPs results IMPs results Analysis of the last board of the IMPs…

Challenging Deal (Le Bridgeur Magazine No. 922)

Final of the Excellence Mixed Four

2017 World Vice-Champion Jérôme Rombaut writes a column in the French magazine “Le Bridgeur” every two months. In the article below, published in issue 922 of the magazine (May / June 2019), Jérôme gives us a new board analysis from 2019 Memphis NABC. Unless you are very imaginative or naturally scatterbrained, this deal will make life difficult for you. Whatever happens, savour it! You defend against 6♠ after South has…

When to play on a 7-card fit – Milan Macura’s Exclusive Tournaments – December – #2

We had over 1,000 players: 480 players in the MP tournament and 560 players in the IMP one. MPs results IMPs results Analysis Videos MPs results With wild boards, it was possible to score both high and low if you didn’t make the right decisions. This week I belong to the bad decision makers – scored only 45% due to 2 bottoms. Ivan (HR) has beaten last week‘s highest score…

When to open 11 counts – Milan Macura’s Exclusive Tournaments – December – #1

Some of the regular players have decided to do their Christmas shopping so we had fewer players, still we were around 1,500: 632 players in the MP tournament and 857 players in the IMP tournament. MPs results IMPs results Analysis Videos MPs results Wild boards offered this week a chance to score high and indeed mitja (SI) scored over the magical 80 with 82.52%. Angelo (IT) finished second with 77.21%…

Milan Macura’s Exclusive Tournaments – November – #4

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1,566 players joined the last tournament in November: 678 players in MPs and 888 players in IMPs. MPs results IMPs results Most rewarding boards Videos of the tournaments MPs results We had 7 players getting more than 70%. The best of all was Alexandre (FR) with 76.12% followed by Stakenas (LT) with 74.86% and Vania (FR) with 74.69%. I didn’t do very well in the first 6 boards. I took…