Andre Asbury

Latest in GIB Lunacy

GIBs are wonderful creatures – they mostly play decent bridge and allow me to play bridge when I don’t want to deal with people or when a partner and I want to practice together but want to take our time discussing system and take breaks whenever we feel like it or just don’t feel like finding opponents on BBO.  They do some strange things but none stranger than this one a few days ago. I am extremely surprised by this little glitch. (Yes, I have to start out every complaint/criticism with a compliment)

So, the robot didn’t really do anything strange at my table. My GIB and I had a sane auction to 6NT. With other players I’m sure I could have had a better auction but this one was certainly adequate. Anyway, the lunacy is in the traveller. I sat west while most of the humans playing with robots sat north/south which makes for some interesting comparisons sometimes.

Check out the traveller and notice that at every table 1D by east was passed out, all with a GIB in the west seat. Fred Gitelman says GIB is known to have some issues in this area and they are trying to fix it.


Dave Memphis MOJONovember 19th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

I also find it interesting that there is a string of 190s, then one 170!! How can that be?

Linda LeeNovember 20th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

The robots are okay for some purposes but they really do some strange things at times.

Kristian StegenborgNovember 24th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Strange indeed.

About the 170, here a human opened and GIB happily passed. Perhaps the poor man did not realize that the contract was quite normal and put less effort into the play that the GIBs.

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