Exit cards (Le Bridgeur Magazine No.907)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur No.907 (January/February 2017) Challenges are one of my favourite game modes on Funbridge. The format is quite simple: you challenge a player on 5 deals with IMP scoring. What is special about it is that you see the results while playing, so you can check the latest score, which allows you to adapt your strategy accordingly. My friend…

Mr Scrooge (Le Bridgeur Magazine No.905)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur No.905 (September/October 2016) Losing a trick to win more (or make the right moves). That is what this deal played on Funbridge is all about this month. Tip! If you have missed it, a new feature has become available on Funbridge since June 2016: commented tournaments. Deal 30. Love All. You hold the hand below in North:  A 10…

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The 2017 World Teams Championships are in full swing in Lyon! Only a few teams are still vying for the much-coveted title of World Champion. The teams who qualified for the semi-finals in their respective categories are: Bermuda Bowl (Open Teams) France vs. New Zealand USA2 vs. Bulgaria Venice Cup (Women’s Teams) Sweden vs. England Poland vs. China d’Orsi Trophy (Seniors Teams) USA2 vs. Sweden Italy vs. India   Follow the event with Funbridge…

Trump reduction (Le Bridgeur Magazine No.904)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur No.904 (July/August 2016) Bob Herreman, a loyal reader of the magazine “Le Bridgeur”, long-time Funbridge player and member of the French Bridge Federation, has shared this deal with me. His analysis seems quite interesting. I have been regularly playing French Bridge Federation tournaments on Funbridge for a few months. This is a great way to learn. The main advantage…

RoboCoup (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°902)

Choosing a line of play over another one is conceivable if you can anticipate how opponent will react. No certainty at the table but when you play against a robot… The first Paris Festival took place at Paris Country Club from 5 to 11 November 2015. Funbridge sponsored the event and I had the pleasure of winning the first edition of the Open tournament with Pierre Franceschetti. Here is a…

Red or Black (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°901)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n°901 (January/February 2016) Following the last article, here is another defence problem from the same France vs Sweden match as part of the France Open Team selection process for the European Teams Championships. You are still East and the bidding proceeds as follows: South North   Dummy spreads his hand:  Q 7 4   10 7 5  K J…

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°899 – November 2015)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n°899 on 15 November 2015. In late September 2015, Jean-Christophe Quantin, Marc Bompis, Cédric Lorenzini and I won the Interclub Challenge. I am going to tell you about a deal I have played in defence at this event. My opponent was Juliette Venard from Orléans who is a regular player of Funbridge (user name: jumaca). Step into…

Minimum Loss (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°898 – October 2015)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n°898 on 15 October 2015. Should you bid higher when opponent bids game after a two-suiter bid? This is a tough decision to make and no one can pretend to never make mistakes… Both on Funbridge and at a bridge table, messy situations resulting from two-suiter bids are widespread. The deal below is a perfect illustration of…

Appetite comes with eating (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°897 – August 2015)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n°897 on 15 August 2015. In pairs tournaments, being hungry for success is a good thing. Squeeze can even turn you into an ogre provided you execute it by the book. Once again, this instructive deal has been reported to me by my faithful friend Jean-Michel Grosfils. Pairs tournament. Dealer South. East-West vulnerable. South’s hand is:  A K…