Derek is running supervised play sessions in the club in parallel with the usual duplicate. If you are interested, come and try it out. The charge per session is £5 plus table money.
Books are available on loan to club members. Visit Library.
Here is first hand advice from EBU...
Let's Play Bridge
with Marx Brothers
♥ ♥ ♥
Visit a Bridge Village
"We all make mistakes when playing!"
Since we started using computer dealt hands, I've been extracting statistics from the hand definition files - the PBN files - and fed them into an Excel spreadsheet. Data from 2007, 2008 and 2009 have been used, 18048 deals in all. The results follow quite closely the theoretically expected values - see Summary.
I also produced a series of graphs which demonstrate random behaviour from set to set. The process has been semi-automated, so it didn't require as much work as one might imagine and it can easily be updated with more data or repeated for another set of data. The spreadsheet itself is also available for download - beware, it's size is about 7Mb.
High Card Points Graphs
Suit Breaks for 7 and 8 card fits
Suit Break Graphs for 9, 10 and 11 card fits
Hand Patterns Graphs - 1
Hand Patterns Graphs - 2
Hand Patterns Graphs - 3
The Excel Spreadsheet