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Subject: "Duplicate" for four players rss

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Tuomas Korppi
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This is an idea I've been toying with, but have not tried in practice. This is a way to play "duplicate" bridge with only four players.

(1) Agree the number of deals to play and make a table for vulnerabilities to rotate in some sensible way.

(2) In each deal, bid and play the deal first normally.

(3) Restore the original hands and then everyone gives his hand to the player in his right.

(4) Bid and play the deal with open cards, and full verbal communication between partners allowed. (This should go quite quick, since the final contract can usually be bid right in the beginning, and the declarer can quite often simply claim the optimal number of tricks.)

(5) Now you have two results of the same hand. Score IMPs as if having played the hand in a match of two four-man teams.
 
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Ben Bateson
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So, in other words, you just determine the 'book' play for a deal and compare each score to it.

Not a terribly original idea, and time-consuming with four because you spend more time looking for abstruse squeezes and endplays than actually playing bridge.

The best way to play duplicate with four is to invite three not-terribly-good bridge players and then re-deal the same boards two weeks later. None of them will notice.
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Martins Livens
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http://www.rpbridge.net/rpim.htm
 
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Martins Livens
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marliv wrote:


also dealing programs like Dealmaster Pro http://www.dealmaster.com/ can deal and calculate best contract and defense, but believe me - those results are far away from real tournament scores.

The same as would suggested variant, just more easy way.
 
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David Helmbold
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You might also look into Doop. That has scored deals from ACBL events.
Each session of 26(?) hands is printed with each player's hands on
a separate piece of paper. Each deal each player constructs their hand from their own deck.
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Romain Jacques
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My teamates like to play Doop once in a while. It gives you the feeling of duplicate tournament.

See you at Toronto next week!
 
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