A Disarming Gesture (Le Bridgeur Magazine No. 924)

Funbridge newsletter February 2019: deal analysis by Jérôme Rombaut

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 924 of the magazine (November / December 2019), here is a very interesting deal from a Funbridge tournament. Playing pairs games doesn’t mean you should give up bridge! Sometimes you have to follow the same approach as in teams games even if the aim is different.…

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…

Lhuissier’s Exploit (Le Bridgeur Magazine No. 921)

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 921 of the magazine (May / June 2019), Jérôme gives us a new board analysis from 2019 Memphis NABC. Your partner doubles 3NT. You overcalled. What do you do next? Be careful, you must get it right. Here is a nice deal from Memphis NABC. My…

Think Outside The Box (Le Bridgeur Magazine No. 920)

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 920 of the magazine (March / April 2019), Jérôme gives us a new board analysis from federation tournaments. When a line of play is quite obvious, it can hide an unusual plan. Be creative! As you may know, it is possible to play federation tournaments on…

Assumptions (Le Bridgeur Magazine No. 919)

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 919 of the magazine (January /February 2019), Jérôme gives us a new commented bridge board from the 2018 World Bridge Series held in Orlando. In early 2019 Funbridge made an exciting announcement: the merger with BBO. The apps will remain separate brands but they will share…

Game of Patience (Le Bridgeur Magazine No. 918)

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 918 of the magazine (November/ December 2018), Jérôme gives us a commented deal from the World Bridge Series held in Orlando last year. Here is a deal from the World Bridge Series precisely and I had the pleasure to play it with my partner Nicolas Lhuissier.…

Onside vs. Offside (Le Bridgeur Magazine No. 917)

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 917 of the magazine (May/June 2018), Jérôme gives us a commented deal from the 2018 World Youth Bridge Team Championships, held in Shanghai, China. Commented deal A favourably or unfavourably located honour is a very relative concept as your goals and the context play an important…

Return to sender (Le Bridgeur Magazine No. 910)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the french magazine Le Bridgeur No.910 (July/August 2017) Jérôme Rombaut plays a deal from the quarter final of the 8th European Open Championships held in 2017 in Montecatini, Italy. I am playing 3NT in South with these hands:  A 5 2  A 9 3  8 6 5 4 3 2  2  K 9 3  K 6  A Q 9  A J 8 4…

Artificial Intelligence (Le Bridgeur Magazine No.909)

  Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the french magazine Le Bridgeur No.909 (May/June 2017) I am pretty sure that you have already practised opening leads and disagreed with your partner hundreds of times! Nowadays you can have leads tested by software programs analysing thousands of deals. I am going to talk about leads in this column for a change. First of all, I would like to clarify one…

Missed Kiss (Le Bridgeur Magazine No.908)

  Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the french magazine Le Bridgeur No.908 (March/April 2017) 1,100 teams competed in the Team Championship in 2017. Teams are split into 6 divisions. Their objective is to avoid relegation and to go up at the end of each month. I am lucky to have several good players in my team: Vanessa Réess, Anne-Laure Huberschwiller, Frédéric Volcker, Thomas Bessis and Pierre Franceschetti. We…