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The real problem is that there are gaping holes in the robots' bidding heuristics which don't seem to be getting fixed. I have examples from my NABC practice rounds as well. This is why I've decided not to play in the Robot tournament, even though I've had 4 59%+ sessions in the practice sessions. It's just too hard to double-think what the robots are going to do.
July 8
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See this post for the companion hand. Partner devalued her hand, bid 3 and I had to pass. Made 4. https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-6sl7i7tmdj/
May 23
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So if this hand is not a candidate for garbage stayman, what is? How would you change this hand to make 2 better than Pass?
May 10
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Peg, thank you for such a nice writeup of this event. But you forgot to mention one more tidbit: that you are the NPC for the US team at the Buffett Cup this week in China. Congratulations! Good luck to the team! (Take lots of pictures!)
April 21
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Congratulations on your captaincy, Peg! Best of luck to you and the team!
April 19
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Pard’s NT is a bit of a red light. Let them describe their hand.
Feb. 17
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My partner passed which led to a good result when I reopened with a X and we played it there. On reflection, I think that's a good decision. It's not necessary that E has spades or that E/W have a game. If the opps continue bidding, E/W will have additional opportunities to find a fit, etc.
Jan. 29
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Thank you, Steve. Very interesting discussion on that link.
I'll spring that on my partner next time this comes up and we'll see what happens!
May 20, 2018
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Pard has 4+ spades. I'll go against the field and lead the A
April 17, 2018
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Wonderful story!
Aug. 21, 2017
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Stefan–I'm very happy to hear that *someone* can play the bots straight up successfully. It sure isn't me. Richard, if you have the time and inclination, I'd be interested to learn what (generally speaking) you think the par contracts would be on each of these hands if you were to play them “normally”. In other words, how much of an adjustment do you feel is needed to play even with the bots? do you add a king to your hand? An ace? What in your opinion would be one heuristic you would like to see improved in robot competition?
Aug. 1, 2017
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Thank you for your story. i think it's valuable input to the BBO robot programmers to see how far from “real bridge” it's necessary to play in order to have positive results.
July 30, 2017
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I'll discuss this with my partner. We've recently changed the response structure; this might be an improvement. Thank you.
April 1, 2017
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interesting thought. Thank you.
April 1, 2017
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Thank you. I appreciate your reply. It seems that every road leads to 6 once I raise clubs. It seems unjust that my partner's hand crashes against the rocky shores of bad breaks in both of his suits, causing 6 to fail. We were briefly in 4 and 5 both of which survive, but didn't stay there. I should have passed 4 and he should have passed 5. If only our club spots had been better…
March 30, 2017
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Thank you for your comment. I chose not to bid 4 even though I had decent support because of minimal values. It's still probably the best bid, even though 6 doesn't make on the lie of the cards.
March 29, 2017
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Thank you for your reply. Our system uses transfer responses, so 1 would show spades. It is a bit awkward to have to bid 2 to show hearts. Wrt to the support ask, he knows the answer will be negative (good point), but I can show Hx or xxx support on a subsequent round. Not supporting spades should deny a fit.
March 29, 2017
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Our actual auction (see the other poll), was 1-P-2.
March 8, 2017
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After 1-P-1-P-2-P, I would surely hear 2 from partner. Game forcing? Fortunately, I have an easy 2 rebid at that point, and GF or no, partner can safely pass.
March 6, 2017
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Thank you to those who weighed in on this poll. In an unfamiliar partnership, my partner chose to bid 2, ending the auction. See the link for his hand. It was one of the few bids that I had no continuation for. I was curious to see what the community would do after a 1 or 1 bid.
March 6, 2017
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