Main Guide 7M42 by Richard Pavlicek
The Separated hands printout has four sheets, one for each player (North, South, East and West) as designated in the upper left corner. Each player should keep his own sheet private and out of sight from anyone else. Also give each player his own separate deck of cards (this requires four complete decks) preferably sorted into suits for convenience.
Start with Board 1. Instead of dealing the cards, each player selects his hand from his own deck of cards to match the hand shown on the sheet. Put the unused cards aside. Bid and play the hand as usual, according to the dealer and vulnerability given on the sheet, and jot down your contract, result and score (e.g., 4S N +420) so you can later find your instant matchpoints. Cards should be played in duplicate fashion (i.e., placed in front of each player and not tossed in the middle) so each players deck can be restored for the next deal.
Proceed as above for as many boards as you wish to play (each set has 36) before finding your matchpoints. It is most convenient to play 12 boards, then compare, since each award sheet contains 12 deals. (If you prefer to play six, you could cut the award sheets in half for convenience.)
*Some of the deal analyses have been expanded slightly for clarity (or edited for style consistency) since their original publication.
There are two ways to read the analyses: Choose the line that says Analyses typeset for a printable version, or the line that says Analyses HTML for an on-screen version. In either case click on the appropriate year.
But most of all, have fun!
The best way to keep score is to cut up the award sheets so that each board is on a separate small piece of paper. Fold each piece in half, mark the number on the back for convenience, and place it in the North pocket of the appropriate board. Then players can find their scores immediately as they finish each board.*
*Alternatively, the game could be scored as a regular matchpoint game (based on actual results). Then the only reason for using premade deals would be to have the analyses afterwards.
It would probably be too much trouble to print out copies of the analyses for each participant, so just give everyone the URL of the analyses, and they can read them online at their leisure.
Another way to enjoy and benefit from these deals is to play them with a bridge computer program such as GIB or Jack. Deals must be converted from RBN to PBN (use the Bridge File Converter in my Bridge Utilities) to be read by these programs. Keep track of your results to find your matchpoint scores, then read the analyses afterward.
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© 2006 Richard Pavlicek