Three-suited Squeeze (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°894 – May 2015)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n°894 on 15 May 2015. This month, Funbridge invites you to discover another squeeze deal commented by the Belgian player Jean-Michel Grosfils. In the last article, we had given you a first example of an unusual squeeze where opponents were obliged to slavishly rectify the count for declarer. Here is a new case seen on Funbridge illustrating an…

Femmes fatales dress in red (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°893 – April 2015)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n°893 on 15 April 2015. For once, Funbridge presents a squeeze deal commented by Jean-Michel Grosfils (one of the best Belgian players). Planning the play and playing it should give you a hard time. Please first hide East-West’s hands.  5 2  8 4  Q 8 7 5  A 9 7 5 3  7  J 9 7 2  A…

Bids from Belgium (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°892 – March 2015)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n° 892 on 15 March 2015. Funbridge doesn’t only focus on card play. This month you will be challenged by a slam sequence requiring some thinking. As you may know, Funbridge Quiz 2 is available on tablets and smartphones. It enables you to improve different areas of your game, especially auction, leads and defence, and test your knowledge…

Appearances can be deceptive (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°891 – February 2015)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n° 891 on 15 February 2015. A plan of play worthy of its name requires healthy management of communications (entry to dummy/hand entry) and a sharp sense of timing. Be up to it! More and more players fix their choice on Funbridge, including some renowned ones such as Vanessa Reess, Xavier Dupuis, Colin Deheeger, Thibault Coudert, Pierre Franceschetti,…

Enigmatic variations (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°890 – January 2015)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n° 890 on 15 January 2015. The following deal from the Team DN2 is so nice that it would have deserved to be played on Funbridge and it cost me promotion to DN1! (DN1 stands for “National Division 1” and DN2 stands for “National Division 2”) Here is my hand in South: ♠ 10 5 ♥ – ♦ A K…

On the Avignon bridge… (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°889 – December 2014)

  Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n° 889 on 15 December 2014. In tournaments played with MP scoring, it is often preferable to play 3NT than an average slam in a minor, especially if you play better than the “field”. In partnership with the founders of Bridge Collège (Vanessa Reess and Wilfried Libbrecht), I attended the Avignon festival and there I saw an…

Technical control (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°888 – November 2014)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n° 888 on 15 November 2014. In a slam sequence, bidding controls often poses difficulties. Here is an original option to overcome them. We are working on the game engine on a daily basis. One of the biggest challenges is to programme slam bids as they require a considerable amount of judgement. Below is an example of a…

The grand slam of Istanbul (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°886 – September 2014)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n° 886 on 15 September 2014. Jérôme Rombaut was the captain of the Girls Team at the World Youth Team Championships held in Istanbul. He comes back from there with a spectacular deal. Anne-Laure Huberschwiller, one of the pillars of my Girls Team (she will definitely play in the Women’s category soon), recently confided to me how much…

“Touch” of elegance (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°885 – July 2014)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n° 885 on 15 July 2014. Is a simple finesse enough to win the contract or should you prefer the squeeze to it? This is a recurring dilemma at the table. Would you have made the right decision? Here is a deal from the tournament of the day of the Touch version (for smartphones, tablets and Mac)…