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Relying on GIB to have made the “correct” preference with longer support for one of partner's suits is playing with dynamite. Sometimes GIB will make a preference with 1 or 2 cards when holding 5 cards in the other suit. Just another bidding bug that has been around for years.
Aug. 30
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OP said the opening bid was 1. Wouldn't you open 1NT if hearts and diamonds were exchanged?

With your sample hand, I would consider my options and open a 15-17 1NT.
Aug. 30
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Most BBO robot tournaments are very short 8 or 12 board events.

If it's the opponents hand, you don't have to decide whether to bid a game/slam or not, whether to play in NT or a suit, whether to double the opponents, etc. Sure, you may want to compete, but sometimes you have no bids but pass. A good percentage of time on defense, you are basically just following suit and are dependent on declarer's line of play.

The robots bid and declare the same under the same conditions so the results would be the same. The board result will be a very flat board so you are effectively decreasing the number of boards.

At one time, if your robot partner was supposed to be declarer, there was no switching and the robot declared. With 3 robots doing all the playing, you were going to get flat results if the auction was the same. Now, most tournaments have the human player declare for the partnership (but there are still some “classic” tournaments where the robot partner declares). The purists can point to the law that says switching declarers is not allowed.
Aug. 21
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Is that opening 1NT, 1M, or 1m?
Aug. 21
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If you are going to have best hand tournaments, let either the human player or their robot partner have the best hand.

The human player can't make decisions based on the fact that partner has at most the same HCP or less. There would still be some additional HCP facts that can be deduced from a best human or partner hand tournament.

If you have less than 10 HCP, robot partner has the most (or tied for most) HCP.

If one hand has 10 HCP, partner has at least 10 HCP
If one hand has 11 HCP, partner has at least 7 HCP
If one hand has 12 HCP, partner has at least 4 HCP
If one hand has 13 HCP, partner has at least 1 HCP

These observations are also true for the original best hand tournaments.
Aug. 21
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I don't know what Alexander is implying. Would he rather defend mostly blind because the bidding doesn't give away lots of information? How is it a bad thing when you have more information about declarer's hand?
July 25
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Cheating by using a chess program. How unoriginal.

https://www.complex.com/sports/2015/04/chess-master-gaioz-nigalidze-caught-cheating-using-phone-in-bathroom

As Yogi Berra said, “It's like déjà vu all over again.”
July 14
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According to Truscott, Kehela had a 180 degree change in position some time after observing Reese-Schapiro.
June 15
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>>> Another thing I can't fathom about this is the supposed method chosen of cheating. Why chose such a blatant and unusual method of signaling if you didn't want to get caught?

Hmmm, it always seems blatant and unusual after somebody figures out the method of cheating. If you aren't looking for something unusual and your attention is focused on your own bidding and play, you will overlook a lot of things.

I don't see why finger signals are any more obvious than pencil and cigarette signals, or changing the rotation of played cards. The only signals that seem conspicuously blatant to me were the German doctor's cough signals.

>>> They could have held their hand in a variety of places behind the table.

One of the allegations by Truscott was that R/S used hand position height to convey strength of hand.
June 15
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>>> Especially as R-S lost 23 imps during the deals on which they are alleged to have cheated :)

IIRC this was one of Reese's arguments to disprove they were cheating.

A couple of things to note:

1. This was a team game, if the opponents played great, or your other pair(s) played badly, that would significantly affect your results. Or maybe it was just luck…

2. Maybe they would have lost even more if they didn't cheat. Obviously this can't be determined.
June 15
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Also from the summary of Bridge World Standard 2017

“a non-jump cue-bid in either of the opponents' suits is an artificial force (the lower cue-bid is forcing for one round, the higher cue-bid to suit agreement or game).”

I was expecting a solid majority vote for double instead of 2 based on Bridge World polling, but that was clearly a bad guess.
May 15
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The last time I was in Vegas, the only mid stakes limit holdem games like 20-40 or higher that I saw were at the Bellagio but they aren't 24/7. Download the Bravo Poker App which gets live updates on open tables and their limits from various locations.
May 12
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GIB plays many conventions and treatments. Unfortunately, only the 1st bid or 1st round of conventional bidding is programmed for many of them. Once you get past the programmed bids, chaos reigns.
May 2
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From BBO notes, https://www.bridgebase.com/doc/gib_system_notes.php#Soloway_Jump_Shift

“Strong jump shifts are only from the 1 level to a higher suit on the 2 level. Jumps to a lower suit on the 3 level are natural and invitational.”
Feb. 21
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You could create a 2nd bidding poll for the auction that starts 1 - 1.
Feb. 15
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There used to be a PGA tournament called The International. In the early years of the tournament, the field was cut after every round, and the winner was based only on the final round score.
Feb. 8
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No club finesse on the opening lead?
Jan. 20
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I assume you were using BBO's basic bots and not the advanced bots. The basic bots randomly and inexplicably make crazy, 0% bids and plays that nobody can explain. The BBO explanation is that basic bots have limited processing time and don't use the most advanced algorithms to reduce strain on BBO's servers.

On their forums, BBO moderators have said to not expect fixes for most of the basic bot deficiencies (an exception might happen if the same error was happening in their advanced bot, depending on the error).
Jan. 3
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Any intermediate defender would know declarer does not have a club remaining because with AJx would have won the jack at trick one to make 3 club tricks. GIB doesn't remember/analyze that declarer would have made the a different club play at trick one with 3 clubs. Sometimes GIB just has a hiccup and makes an absolutely 0% play that can't possibly be right for no apparent reason.
Jan. 3
John Uchida edited this comment Jan. 3
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I don't see any money savings since the announcement said that apps and software were going to remain the same (separate). Funbridge has their own bridge bots.

Since nobody seems to know how to substantially modify BBO's GIB bots except the inventor who is out of the picture, the solution seems to be to switch to the Funbridge bridge playing engine.
Jan. 3
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