This has given Alex and I some time to fiddle with our system before the EBU Summer Congress in Brighton next month and the English Premier League that starts in September. I am also helping some of the Scotland teams prepare for the World Bridge Games (aka Olympiad) in Lille next month, but otherwise it has been a quiet time.
I often watch my friends from the Berwick club playing on BBO, or perhaps stalk, pester and annoy are more appropriate terms. They play a light-hearted, free-flowing game and they will often try things online that they would be frightened to do at the club. Naturally I congratulate them when they do well and, when things go less well, try to ask an insightful question rather than just say that it was wrong.
I think it is true that most players on BBO tend to focus on the result rather than the rights and wrongs of the play. And it can be difficult when I am saying that you cannot pass that forcing two spades bid, because the player may have twenty points and be interested in slam, when that contract goes two down and I am advocating getting even higher!
But I did spot an interesting suit combination last night that so many club players get wrong because they play without thinking and I think that before the advent of dealing machines, suits always tended to break evenly.
It is not a difficult combination, especially when posed as a problem, but how do you play it for one loser with unlimited entries to both hands:
I'll give my explanation in a couple of days.