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Official championship of the American Contract Bridge League and the World Bridge Federation

18th World Computer-Bridge Championship (October 18-23, 2014) to be held at the
14th World Bridge Series, Sanya, China (October 10-25, 2014)

 

17th World Computer-Bridge Championship (September 23-28, 2013) held at the
41st World Bridge Teams Championships Nusa, Bali, Indonesia (September 16-29, 2013)

Entries and Results (including play records of the final deals and analysis of selected deals)

Congratulations to Jack, defeating WBridge5 153-131 in the final KO match.

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How Robots play and other bits of information:
2012 report  2011 report  2010 report  2009 report  2008 report  2007 report  Lead Article in October 2003 BridgeToday.com
Bridge Movies of  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011 2012 2013 Final KOs
WIKIPEDIA on Computer Bridge

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American Contract Bridge League

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World Bridge Federation

Deals using

New York Times bridge columns by Phillip Alder

International Computer Games Association Journal articles:
2012  16th Championship
2011  15th Championship
2010  14th Championship
2009  13th Championship
2008  12th Championship
2007  11th Championship
2006  10th Championship
2005  9th Championship
2004  8th Championship
2003  7th Championship
2002  6th Championship
2001  5th Championship
2000  4th Championship
previous years' reports
1999  3rd Championship
1998  2nd Championship
1997  1st Championship

 

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Al Levy's ACBL District 24 Website

 

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updated June.29, 2014

 

 

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History of the World Computer-Bridge Championship

In 1996 the American Contract Bridge League established an official World Computer-Bridge Championship, to be run annually at a major bridge activity.  Starting in 1999, this event was co-sponsored by the World Bridge Federation.

The 1st Championship, sponsored by Baron Barclay Bridge Supplies, was held in Albuquerque, NM, at the ACBL's 1997 summer North American Bridge Championship.   The inaugural World Computer-Bridge Championship was won by Bridge Baron, with Q-Plus Bridge second.  Information and results

The 2nd Championship, sponsored by Baron Barclay Bridge Supplies and OKbridge, was held in Chicago, IL, at the ACBL's 1998 summer NABC.  The champion was won by GIB, with Q-Plus Bridge second.  Information and results

The 3rd Championship, sponsored by Orbis Investments, was held in Bermuda at the WBF's 1999 Bermuda Bowl/Venice Cup (January 2000).  GIB repeated as champion, with Wbridge5 second. Information and results

The 4th Championship, sponsored by Microsoft Network Gaming Zone, was help in Maastricht, the Netherlands, at the WBF's 2000 Bridge Olympiad.  Meadowlark Bridge was crowned champion, defeating Q-Plus Bridge by 2 IMPs in the finals.  ICGAJ, Dec. 2000

The 5th Championship, sponsored by FunBridge.com, was held in Toronto, ON, at the ACBL's 2001 summer NABC.  The championship was won by Jack, defeating Micro Bridge in the finals.ICGAJ Dec. 2001   GreatBridgeLinks   some good deals  photos  more photos

The 6th Championship was held in Montreal at the WBF's 2002 World Bridge Championships.  Jack repeated as champion, defeating Wbridge5 by 1 IMP in the finals.  ICGAJ article Jack Retains Title  some good deals  photos

The 7th Championship, was held in Menton at the 2003 European Bridge League's first Open Championship. Jack was crowned champion for the third year in a row, defeating Bridge Baron in the finals.  The Great BridgeSoftware Promotional   Results photos from Swan  Lead Article in the October issue of BridgeToday.com  ICGAJ article  NY Times Bridge Column photos from Swan  Lead Article in the October issue of BridgeToday.com  ICGAJ article  NY Times Bridge Column photos from Swan

The 8th Championship, was held in New York City at the ACBL's 2004 summer NABC.  Jack was crowned for the fourth year in a row, defeating Bridge Baron in the finals for the second year in a row. Info and results Photos  some good deals  NABC Daily Bulletin stories  New York Times column  8 entries and their websites  ICGAJ article  Conditions of Contest

The 9th Championship, was held in Estoril, Portugal, at the WBF's 2005 World Team Championships.  The 2005 Championship was dedicated to Alan Truscott, who inspired the creation of the World Computer-Bridge Championships.  Wbridge5 was crowned champion, defeating Jack in the final KO to unseat the 4-time defending world champion. results  Robots and their websites ICGAJ article

The 10th Championship, was held in Verona, Italy, at the WBF's 2006 12th Open Pairs and 8th Rosenblum Teams - World Bridge Championship  Jack regained the championship, defeated Micro Bridge in the final KO match results  ICGAJ article  Robots and their websites

The 11th Championship, was held in Shanghai, China, at the WBF's 2007 Bermuda Bowl/Venice Cup/Senior Bowl  WBridge5 regained the championship, defeated Bridge Baron in the final KO match.  2007 entered Robots  and  Results Photos New York Times bridge column 10/25/07, ICGAJ article

The 12th Championship, was held in Las Vegas, at the ACBL's 2008, summer NABCs  Wbridge5 repeated as champion, defeated Jack in the final KO match.  entered Robots  Info and Results  ICGAJ article  Photos

The 13th Championship, was held in Washington, D.C., at the ACBL's 2009 summer NABC Jack was crowned champion, defeated two-time defending champion Wbridge5 in the final KO match.  entered robots  Results  Photos  New York Times bridge columns by Phillip Alder  Sept. 24, 2009  easier reading  Sept. 26, 2009  easier reading  Sept. 27, 2009  ICGAJ article Information and results

The 14th Championship, was help in Philadelphia, PA., at the WBF's 2010 World Bridge Series Championship. Jack retained the championship, defeating WBridge5 in the final KO match. entered Robots Info and results ICGAJ article NY Times 11/12/10 column

The 15th Championship was help in Veldhoven, The Netherlands, at the WBF's 2011 40th World Team Championship.  Shark Bridge was crowned the champion, defeating Q-Plus Bridge in the final KO and breaking the ten year reign of Jack and Wbridge5. Results including play records of KO matches   Entries  ICGAJ article New York Times, Phillip Alder, editor, 11/11/11 11/13/11  11/16/11 

The 16th Championship was held in Lille, France, at the WBF's 14th World Bridge Games, part of the 2nd World Mind Sport Games  Jack was crowned champion, defeated WBridge5 in the final KO. Information, Entries and Results along with the play of all semifinal and final matches ACBL Bridge Bulletin November, 2012 issue ICGAJ article

The 17th Championship was held in Bali, Indonesia, at the WBF's 41st World Teams Championships.  In a repeat of last year's final KO, Jack defeated WBridge5 to retain the crown. Entries Results Photos Write-up, Final KO full play and "some swing boards" 

Other computer-bridge websites and information of interest

explore the world of bridge on the Internet  see ROBOT PLAY section of BEST bridge links web page
WIKIPEDIA on Computer Bridge

History of Computer-Bridge from BridgeGuys.com
Gérard Joyez's bridgez robot forum website also see Bridge-Now.com
How Computers play Bridge by Jason Rosenfeld and Stephen Smith from jackbridge.com

pre-1997 history and list of computer-bridge programs
Richard Pavlicek's Bot Bidding Contest