Tonight we hand out the candy, and starting tomorrow I'll post my recommendations on how to play against the BBO Robots. It's been a fun month, albeit a lot of hands - currently BridgeBase myhands showed that during October I played 5460 boards, with a 57.39% average, for over 220 masterpoints. In other terms I was playing over 175 boards a day, and at about 2 minutes per board, that was close to six hours of bridge a day. If I win the $100 for BBO first place, my net profit will be, umm, well, let's make that a loss: that would be 455 tourneys, at $1 each, and thus the cost of the masterpoints will be $355. Giving out candy tonight will be a lot cheaper, and we have nice treats!
On my iphone the chess app that I have installed adjusts its skill level to how well I've done before. However at this time the BBO robots can't yet play an expert game, and thus they don't have the ability, like the chess app, to "play up", or learn our tricks in order not to be fooled more than once. Thus we will look at the some tricks that you can treat the robots to, over and over again.
Here's a joke I recently received, that combines the fallen leafs of autumn with robot technology:
A man enters a bar. The bar has a robot bartender. The robot serves him a perfectly prepared cocktail and then asks him, "What's your IQ?"
The man replies "150" and the robot proceeds to make conversation about global warming factors, quantum physics and spirituality, biochemistry, environment interconnectedness, string theory, nanotechnology and sexual proclivities.
The customer is very impressed and thinks, "This is really cool." He decides to test the robot. He walks out of the bar, turns around and comes back in for another drink. Again, the robot serves him the perfectly prepared drink and asks him, "What's your IQ?"
The man responds, "about 100." Immediately the robot starts talking, but this time about football, super models, favorite fast foods and guns.
Really impressed, the man leaves the bar and decides to give the robot one more test. He returns, the robot serves him and asks, "What's your IQ?"
The man replies, "Er, 50, I think."
And the robot says.... real slowly.
"So................You.. following.. the.. Leafs.. again... this... year?".....
Sorry to those few Toronto Maple Leafs fans out there, and best wishes against the Habs tonight!