GOOGLE tells me that computer technology is nowhere close to being able to replicate top bridge players. One of the reasons is that humans are able to develop an innate intuition regarding what information is important – selecting from what happened and what did not. So far computers are not so good at making these negative inferences. When it comes to bridge technique however, the latest programs make very few mistakes.
This hand features a computer program, “Bridge Baron”, accurately defending a hand against “Micro Bridge”. THE spotlight was on West’s circuits to do everything right – which it did! – starting with a trump lead, the only one to give the defence a chance. Declarer won, and with the diamond ruff possibility now gone, drew trumps and led his singleton spade which West took immediately with his ace. The diamond exit went D3-6-Q-A. On the run of the trump suit, West discarded a club and (very slowly – a lot of computing power went into this decision) then the DK and DJ thus avoiding the diamond throw-in and the fatal club lead away from the CK, which would have allowed the contract to make. East’s D10 saved the day for the defence. Purists will note that, had West exited early on with the DJ, the end-position would have been easier to diagnose.
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