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Sylvia Rose Trophy winner
Varda Derwig with Graham Davison
(not pictured Lorne Anderson, Simon Foale,
Jack Goody & Tim Rees)
This team also won
the President's Salver.
Benzimra Cup winners Gabriel Hearst and James Bond with Graham Davison
A number of members have queried over the years "are our computer-dealt hands really random?", as we have had instances of strange and unusual individual or sequences of hands. I recently decided to investigate further.
The Duplimate machine we have (see ww.duplimate-uk.com/) uses "Big Deal" random deal generator software. This was developed by a group from the University of Maastrict in response to widely held concerns about previous, reputedly random, bridge software dealers. Read the article https://sater.home.xs4all.nl/doc.html, if you want to know more; it may both interest and re-assure you. This software is now widely used, including for the Bermuda Bowl & almost all other major competitions across the bridge world. So... my conclusion is "yes, our computer dealt hands are genuinely random", that unusual hands and other events do occur as a natural consequence. (Mike O'Donnell)
Have you ever wondered what defines "Hesitation" or "When is the best time to question an opponents bid"? Farnham Bridge Club would like to thank our Chief Director, James Bond for covering these and other important areas of Bridge etiquette in his article Shall we call the director?
Take the time to read two interesting articles by Gordon. They cover the topics - "Do you get more than your fair share of weak hands?" and "13 Weeks of E-W Bias" (details taken from club stats!).
Why not put the kettle on and download Gordon Wrenn on Weak Hands.pdf or Click here for Gordon's analysis and article, a great way to stimulate your little grey cells. This topic is also covered by Larry Cohen in 'To Bid or Not to Bid' and 'Following the LAW'.