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…

A look back at the Monaco European Winter Games

The second edition of the European Winter Games was held in Monaco from 17 to 23 February. A 7-day event under the sunshine where great champions played with panache! You missed it? Discover the results below: Team Mahaffey won the Zimmerman Cup: Boye BROGELAND (Norway) Espen LINDQVIST (Norway) Zia MAHMOOD (USA) Jeff MECKSTROTH (USA) Watch Zimmerman team, who won the 1st edition, receive their prize in video! Team Lavazza won…

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…

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…

Beyond the theory (Le Bridgeur Magazine No.906)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur No.906 (November/December 2016) In many cases, when it comes to handling card combinations, there is a technical card, higher than the others, to play. But what about the deal context? One of the most successful game modes of Funbridge is the tournament of the day. The world is divided into 4 time zones with two tournaments per zone, one…

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…

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…

The dangers of overcalling (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°903)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n°903 (May/June 2016) As you may know, Funbridge is the partner of the French, Norwegian and Swiss bridge federations and gives you the opportunity to play federation-sanctioned tournaments to improve your rank in your own country. Here is a deal played precisely at the French Bridge Federation premises at the last stage of the France Open Team selection process…

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…