About the Stars and Platinum 3 Day Robot Individual

This is a free, 3-day individual tournament, with robots, taking place at the beginning of each month, restricted to BBO Star players (players who have represented their country live, in international championships) and players with at least 5 ACBL Platinum Points.

Only eligible players will be able to register and play this invitational tournament.


Format

  • The tournament lasts 3 days, from the 1st Monday of each month, until Wednesday.
  • Only BBO Stars and players with at least 5 ACBL Platinum points can play.
  • Each day's session is 16 boards
  • Matchpoints scoring, Just Declare (all hands are pre-bid by robots, you are always declarer)
  • You must play each day to be able to play the next day.
  • All daily sessions count for the overall results.
  • Free entry

Prizes

  • BBO points awarded to top finishers.
  • BB$ prizes awarded to top 50 winners.
  • Grand prize is 100 BB$.

Results
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.

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 have 24 hours to play your daily boards, from midnight to midnight New York Time.

What is "Just Declare"?
Just Declare is a special game format that tests declarer ability to the utmost. You are the declarer in every board, with hands predealt and prebid by robots. Play your best, your result is duplicated. Just Declare tournaments are Not Best Hand.

Deal Pool
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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