Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Robot or human?

The robots on Bridgebase Online have a reputation for doing wacky things. Guess what? Humans do, too. Here are some problems. You have to guess whether the wackiness was by a bot or a human.

Problem #1:
You hold:
8 6 A K 6 3 9 5 J 10 9 8 7.

The auction is pass pass 1 to you, and you double! Are you human or robot?

Problem #2:
You hold:
A 10 4 3 Q 2 J 9 7 K Q 9 4.

Partner opens 1 and the opponents are silent. You bid 3NT and go down one. If you respond 1 you find your 4-4 fit and make five. Are you human or robot?

Problem #3:
You hold:
Q J 8 2 7 6 3 Q 9 5 4 7 2.

It goes pass pass to you, and, vulnerable against not, you open 1. Are you human or robot?

Problem #4:
You hold:
A 9 8 7 5 9 7 Q J 5 2 4 3.
Partner opens 1. Your right-hand opponent doubles, then bids 5 on his own. You not only don't double (it goes down 3), but you lead the 3!

Are you human or robot?

All these actions were taken by humans. I played in one of the individual tournaments last Friday night. I may think twice before doing so again. You can see all of these atrocities goofs if you click here.


  1. Indies can make you go bald prematurely.

  2. Are there bridge bots like there are poker bots?

  3. @kurokitty: there are, but you're not exactly competing against them like you are in poker. Bridge is a partnership game, so one of them is on your side, as it were, and you compete against the other two.