This is a free, 3-day tournament, with robots, "daylong" style, taking place at the beginning of each month.
Once you registered, you must login to play your boards every day, for the duration of the tournament. Score 50% or more, and you will qualify for the next round. If you miss a round, you cannot "catch up" the next day.
How does this work?
Each table consists of a single human player, sitting South, and three robot players sitting in the other three seats. You can play your hands at any time from midnight to midnight New York Time. If you need to take a break, you can stop, and resume later, as long as it's before midnight (but be careful not to start playing too late, otherwise you won't have time to finish).
Results will be sent to your BBO Mailbox after each day is completed. You can view a "provisional result" as soon as you finish playing your daily session, or by clicking the Completed tournaments link, in the list of tournaments. Final results will be available in Recent Tournaments, in the History tab, once the tournament is completed.
The human player is switched into the North (Robot) seat whenever North is the declarer. The human player then declares the hand. When the hand is over, the human is switched back to their original seat.
For every board in a Daylong tournament, we deal multiple instances. (ie Not everyone gets the same board 1, board 2, etc.) This is an anti cheating measure.
About the robots
The robots used on BBO are called GIB (Ginsberg's Intelligent Bridgeplayer). You can find out more about GIB's bidding system by clicking here.
The GIBs used in BBO play a relatively simple and natural 2/1 bidding system. You can find out the meaning of any bid by clicking on that bid as it appears in the bidding diagram. Furthermore, when it is your turn to bid, moving your mouse over the buttons for the various possible bids will cause an explanation of the bid you are considering (as your GIB partner will understand it) to be displayed. These explanations can be somewhat cryptic, but reading them carefully before you bid will help you to avoid misunderstandings with your GIB partner.
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