Opening Non-Standard NT ranges

Greetings, robot battlers!

I would like to illustrate some hands which feature either opening 2NT on 19 or opening 1NT on 14. In my opinion, this is winning tactics when playing against robots.

Charles Collins gave me this first hand. He opened 2NT with 19 HCP and got raised to 7. Robot partner had 16 with five spades. But with normal splits it was cold. Opening a heart will make it a little difficult to get to the grand slam.
http://tinyurl.com/yc9nnwpn

I played the other hands myself. If you have any interesting hands to submit, please do so. I need the material. Jeff Kroll has submitted a ton of hands and I am very thankful. All you have to do is send me the handviewer link, it is easy, just contact me if you need help.

https://tinyurl.com/ybsl9b65
https://tinyurl.com/y9uyd3s7
https://tinyurl.com/ybya2lqk
https://tinyurl.com/ydc7hc8m
https://tinyurl.com/ycdhshlf

I stream every day at 6:00 am so if you are up that early and want to watch me play robot bridge, tune into http://www.twitch.tv/bbo_cake_eater

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Lastly, here are a couple of videos where I had fun against the robots:
https://youtu.be/evfqn3ZSOx4
https://youtu.be/47lDVUIJvdc

The next ACBL robot championship will be held November 19 to 21, so keep practicing against those bots.

Cheers,
Daniel

How are you doing?

Greetings, robot battlers!

How can you tell whether you are making progress in your skill, whether against robots or humans?

Against humans, I always go over each and every hand to see what I could or should have done differently. Hand records are an invaluable resource for this.

To track my progress against robots I meticulously track my average points per session.

I strongly recommend that you go over each and every hand you play in a face-to-face situation as well as against robots. If you can figure out what you are doing wrong, you can fix your thought processes to not do that any more.

Instead of posting all my broadcasts to Youtube, I am going to start posting the ones that have a lot of decision points. How many decision points is a lot in 24 hands? I don’t know. Most likely I am going to remove the older ones that are not part of the marathon.

Here’s a video where I went from last place after two hands to first!

Here are a few interesting hands for you.

https://tinyurl.com/y9bxlsdp

https://tinyurl.com/y9uoqp4l

Charles Collins gave me this one. I found it interesting from a bidding perspective.
https://tinyurl.com/ybyqsfga

Cheers,

Daniel

Marathon videos are posted

My two favorites are 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

https://youtu.be/QbH-FxvWx9g
https://youtu.be/nPwEs7PNUdE

But it’s easy enough to search for the whole list, just search Youtube for bbo_cake_eater. I hopefully have all my videos tagged.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bbo_cake_eater

Here are a couple of hands from the marathon. I will be mixing some more in over the next few weeks.
This hand was the first hand in the 10th hour. (9:00 AM)
One more:
Cheers,
Daniel

24 Hours of Le Bots – A Bot-a-thon

Hello,

Not that I have finally gotten the streaming working the way I want it, I am going to do a marathon session of playing as much robot bridge as possible for one day.

The purpose of this exercise is to test myself physically and mentally just to see how far I can push myself.

I’m going to stream the whole thing and save it all to my YouTube channel.

Also, I am going to save each morning’s game (at least the ones I don’t play terribly) to YouTube, starting yesterday.

Here are the first two videos:
https://youtu.be/YpWUTDdfpn4

https://youtu.be/RjDqbTUsj1U

Cheers,
Daniel

About that streaming…

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I am online every day at 5:45 am Central, then irregularly after that. 

Here are a couple of interesting hands that came up recently: https://tinyurl.com/y7xsxp78
https://tinyurl.com/yak9tryb

More Jeff Kroll hands

Hello,
Here are some more hands from Jeff Kroll, Houston-area robot expert. 
Creating content on a regular basis is difficult and I am thankful to Jeff and anyone else who might want to contribute some interesting hands. 

By the way, BBO does not keep hands forever, so you had better save anything you might find interesting before they are consigned to oblivion. There is a way to archive your own hands, using a program called “Double Dummy Solver”. The program will download all your BBO results for you.

https://tinyurl.com/ybebumut
https://tinyurl.com/y7osj8tw
https://tinyurl.com/y7trchcb
https://tinyurl.com/yayxm7ay

https://tinyurl.com/yaeea9wz
https://tinyurl.com/y9oztxsv
https://tinyurl.com/ydd7mc62

Cheers, Daniel

The Unexpected Top

Sometimes I will take a normal action and then surprisingly get a top result. A lot of times I don’t do anything out of the ordinary. It makes me wonder why.

Here are some hands that illustrate this phenomenon.

https://tinyurl.com/y6ucaycc
https://tinyurl.com/y8m3rlgz
https://tinyurl.com/ycecua9s
https://tinyurl.com/ybpdk3ya
https://tinyurl.com/y7tbsa6o
https://tinyurl.com/y7vvgv5q
https://tinyurl.com/y9xvfuq4

On this last hand, the robot opened 3!H in front of me. I bid 3NT instead of 3!S like the field did, and got a top for it. I didn’t have the full URL, so I don’t have any comment in this link.

http://tinyurl.com/y8egpoxs