I have received complaints from some of our players about competing with robots, so I have decided to disable the robots in our games. Robots tend to make unusual bids that our players wouldn't make, and this results in robot partnerships winning 100% of many boards.
You are still welcome to sign up to play without a partner. When you click on an SMBC game, at the top of the blue window that opens, next to entries, click on partnerships. You will see my name. Register to play with me (you will have to pay for the partner) and I will swap myself out for a substitute waiting to play in the lobby. Or you can you can sign up to play with anybody who has signed up on the partnership list and then you each pay for yourselves.
Please feel free to add your name to the Pianola Partnership list, so that other players in our club can play with you, when they see you're available.
It helps to fill out your convention card and describe your preferences in the Account window on BBO. If you have any questions, please let me know and we'll get you plugged in.
I'd like to see more of you playing in our club games on BBO at 12:05: on Mondays, stratified 299ers and onTuesdays and Fridays, Open games, all levels stratified.
Surely a player of your bridge skills is familiar with most or all of the following tips you are about to read. But is your partner?
Fact 37 When defending a suit contract, there are two main techniques declarer uses to garner extra tricks:
(1) setting up a long suit in dummy, (2) ruffing losers in the short hand (usually the dummy.) If dummy comes down with a long and a short suit and you have the long suit bottled up, lead trumps because the long suit is not usable. If it appears that the long suit is usable, play an attacking defense going for outside tricks quickly. If the dummy comes down balanced, declarer has no place to get rid of losers and will eventually lose them, therefore you and partner should adopt a passive defense. Avoid breaking new suits if possible. Let them have what they have coming. Sit back and wait for your tricks. Your day will come.