Friday, January 20, 2012


Players like to complain when the robots do crazy things. Yes, sometimes they don't play well, but often the make plays that an average club player wouldn't find, such as this one.

The auction was 1 Pass 3 (preemptive) to me. I held:

J 7 K J 8 A K Q 7 6 5 4 3 --

What would you bid? I'm old and conservative, so I bid only 3. The surely auction won't end there, will it? Unfortunately, everyone passed, West led the K, and this was what I saw:

It looks like it might make 5, but look what happened. West continued with the A and the Q. On the third round of spades, East ruffed with the 10 and that set up a trump trick for his partner. Here are all four hands:

East's play is called an uppercut. Bridge is filled with colorful expressions such as this. Don't you love it.

I'm still not sure how to get to 3NT. A 4 contract might also make, and I got a bad score.


  1. Yes, nice uppercut.

    However, your partner robot has a 1S overcall. The length compensates for the suit weakness.

    Could it be that the east-west robots were compensating i.e. playing better because the north robot bid poorly?

  2. Hi MOJO. The link is fixed. I don't know what happened but it seems to be working fine now!

  3. Mojo, I have one word for you; POKER. :)

  4. Wow, this is all so foreign but I'm rooting for the robot, there is three of them so I'm getting 3:1 odds, right?

  5. i see you are as busy as every with your skills challenging your own mind as well as others :)