Big Dilemma (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°900– December 2015)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n°900 on 15 December 2015. Here is a classic defence problem: is it urgent to replay the suit led by partner or does it make more sense to try to give declarer the possibility to make a mistake? It is up to you! Here is a deal from a match against Sweden which took place in early…

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…

Three-suited Squeeze (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°894 – May 2015)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n°894 on 15 May 2015. This month, Funbridge invites you to discover another squeeze deal commented by the Belgian player Jean-Michel Grosfils. In the last article, we had given you a first example of an unusual squeeze where opponents were obliged to slavishly rectify the count for declarer. Here is a new case seen on Funbridge illustrating an…

Femmes fatales dress in red (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°893 – April 2015)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n°893 on 15 April 2015. For once, Funbridge presents a squeeze deal commented by Jean-Michel Grosfils (one of the best Belgian players). Planning the play and playing it should give you a hard time. Please first hide East-West’s hands.  5 2  8 4  Q 8 7 5  A 9 7 5 3  7  J 9 7 2  A…

Bids from Belgium (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°892 – March 2015)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n° 892 on 15 March 2015. Funbridge doesn’t only focus on card play. This month you will be challenged by a slam sequence requiring some thinking. As you may know, Funbridge Quiz 2 is available on tablets and smartphones. It enables you to improve different areas of your game, especially auction, leads and defence, and test your knowledge…

Appearances can be deceptive (Le Bridgeur Magazine n°891 – February 2015)

Article written by Jérôme Rombaut and published in the French magazine Le Bridgeur n° 891 on 15 February 2015. A plan of play worthy of its name requires healthy management of communications (entry to dummy/hand entry) and a sharp sense of timing. Be up to it! More and more players fix their choice on Funbridge, including some renowned ones such as Vanessa Reess, Xavier Dupuis, Colin Deheeger, Thibault Coudert, Pierre Franceschetti,…