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…

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…