Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 50% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Listen with Prime Shop now Shop now
Customer Review

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars World Champion? What were the others like?, 6 Jan. 2014
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Jack - World Champion Computer Bridge (CD-ROM)
A bit like the parson's egg - good in parts, but frustrating.
I used to play bridge at county level some 30 years ago and thought it would be good to get some practice in before looking for a new human partner as I',m very rusty.
Jack knows about a lot of bidding systems and conventions, but only if you use them in the combinations it wants.
The bidding is erratic. With "Professor Jack" turned on it will force you into unmakeable contracts even if you try to bid the correct one (eg 5D-2 when 3NT makes).
Other times it underbids, for example leaving you in 6D when 7NT is stone cold.
Similarly, when it runs the hand for itself after you have done your bit, it will often do better then you simply by defending a lesser contract, for example you end up defending a slam which makes, Jack defends a game contract that makes with 3 over tricks then claims it's better than you when you actually managed to win one trick in defense and Jack did not.
I emailed their help line pointing out these inconsistencies and received the reply "I am sorry but we lack the time for discussing technical bridge related issues." Not what I would have expected, what are they there for?
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]

Comments

Track comments by e-mail

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-2 of 2 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 27 Apr 2015 14:40:10 BDT
Jasantiques says:
Perhaps the bidding is out of sync with the system you are used to using - things have changed a lot in the last few years. The bidding may seem erratic but is linked to the convention card you have set up - whilst this is not as complex as some of us would like it does give a number of options and apart from some annoying missing extensions its not bad. Play one of the modern systems and it is right more often than not when one looks at the par scores, double dummy and possible outcomes.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2015 16:30:15 BDT
Possibly but I've always played Benjaminised Acol, one of the systems offered by Jack. It does not seem to have changed much over the years.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details