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)…

Emergency exit (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°884 – June 2014)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n° 884 on 15 June 2014. Bad news suddenly put your contract in danger? Keep your cool and look for the emergency exit. The deal of this month is taken from the mixed teams-of-four final, but in the Excellence category, opposing the Zimmermann Team to the Allix Team (mine). Here are South’s hand and the beginning of the…

One chance may conceal another (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°883 – May 2014)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n° 883 on 15 May 2014. A timely preempt can take you away from the optimal contract. Don’t give up! Show better technique and be twice as optimistic instead. The selection process to join France Team has just ended. Funbridge and I would like to wish good luck to all our representatives! Here is a deal from…