You are missing the point.
Bridge is a probabilistic game and that is a good thing. Most interesting games are. Any bidding system must adjust to take into account what the opponents are doing in their bidding. Thus there can never be a “correct bidding strategy” unless you somehow know exactly how your opponents will bid and how they will adjust to every situation and your actions.
Let’s suppose there were a few players, pairs or teams who knew “the correct playing strategy” and everybody else didn’t. Those lucky few would then win every event.
Do you think there is a “correct playing strategy” for golfers or is it a combination of how one player’s strategy meshes with many random, unpredictable events on a golf course.
How important is the strategy compared with execution of physical actions and ability to execute the strategy.
My stated objective is not “to get random outcomes”. My unstated objective is to have the game be as interesting to as many people as possible. I don’t need bridge in my life to get a “serious test of skill and judgment”. My work provides more than enough of that. For me, the purpose of playing bridge is to have an interesting way to exercise my brain that I can do with people I love or like. Nothing more.
Winning top bridge tournaments (like golf tournaments) is mostly a “battle of numbers”. Everybody is good. You execute strategy to give yourself the best chance to win. “Actually winning” is very much a random event. The fact of the matter is that the more individuals you allow to achieve that random event, the more popular the game will be. Scoring idiosyncrasies adds slightly to that number.
Checkers and tic-tac-toe are deterministic games. Most people don’t find them particularly interesting.
From: blml-bounces <at> rtflb.org [mailto:blml-bounces <at> rtflb.org] On Behalf Of Bill Hood
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Whether or not you think it is a good idea that players do not know what the correct bidding strategy is depends on whether or not you think the game is intrinsically a serious test of skill and judgement. [Please also refer to my earlier post clarifying that my reference to bidding strategy (and tactics) is not about methods/ conventions of bidding – conventions and treatments such as the 4/5 card major openings may be employed in support of a given strategy but they are not in themselves a strategy.]
You can obviously choose to do as you see fit and, since your stated objective is to get random outcomes, you can be take comfort from the fact that, if different pairs do different things, they will get different rewards (some fair/ fortunate and some less so). In that sense, everyone can (sometimes) win but they can’t all be said to be pursuing winning strategies and, given near equivalent skill levels, the most consistent winners will be those whose strategy has been developed to take advantage of the way the scoring is done.
LIFE – ‘tis a puzzlement!
Comment below in snipped text.
Bill: [If you ask different groups of bridge players what they think the correct bidding strategy is, you will get different answers.]
MMbridge: And we think that is a BAD thing?
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