Q-plus Bridge: Version 15
The text describes the features of Q-plus Bridge 15.1 / 15.3, released in October 2019 / 2020.
The current version 15.7 has a higher playing strength compared to 15.3 and includes additional tournament deals
(approx. 700 pair tournament deals and approx. 500 team tournament deals, a similar amount as from 12.6 to 15.3).
Note: The product keys of version 15.1 or 15.3 remain valid for 15.7, so the updated version
can be downloaded from the download area at no additional cost.
Dealing & Deal Management
A practically unlimited number of program dealt hands are available.
These deals can be identified by a unique deal number.
The program includes approximately 5000 team tournament deals and 5000 pair tournament deals.
When playing these deals, the own result is compared against the results of the players.
Own hands can be entered; they can be managed (saved and restored) within the program.
It is possible to enter remarks to the hands. Remarks can be linked to the stages of the game,
e.g. at the beginning of the deal, after the lead, after the end of the play.
- New since version 12: Hands can be exchanged via the Q-plus server, both between different users
and between a Windows PC and an Android device.
Hands can be pretty-printed and exported to an HTML format
which includes the graphical representation of the cards.
The PBN-format (public bridge notation) is supported, both for importing and for exporting deals,
enabling an exchange with deals from other sources.
Windows only: A deal filter can be used to select only interesting hands (e.g. strong South hands).
About 20 bidding systems are shipped.
Windows only: Bidding systems can be defined and modified using
more than 150 treatments
and conventions, which is done via an integrated convention editor.
Help features during bidding:
- New with Version 15:Bid list with the meaning
of the bids done
- Windows only: Bid list with the the meaning of the possible bids in any situation.
- Windows only: Bidding warning: Warns the user if he is about to make a bid
which is probably very wrong.
- Bidding hint: Shows the bid which the program would select.
Simulation of user bids: At any time when it is the turn to enter a bid
the user can start a simulation of several bids.
The program then calculates the result
of these bids over a number of - up to 1000 - deals.
Several playing strengths levels are available, for optimal use
of the PC where Q-plus Bridge runs.
Choices between several popular lead and signalling conventions are
Help features during playing: (except for hint Windows only)
- Display of the estimated probabilities of hidden cards.
- Display of the meaning of signals and conventional treatments
- Play warning: Warns the user
- if he is about to play a probably very weak card or
- if he is about to violate an agreement in defense.
- Playing hint: Shows the card which the program would select.
The program does normally not cheat (i.e. does not look into the cards
of the other players),
but can be instructed to do so.
Scoring and Analyzing
After a deal has been played...
- After a deal has been played...
- its play can be reviewed trick by trick
- it can be repeated by the program to compare its behaviour
against that of the user.
The repetition can cover both bidding and playing, or only playing.
- Depending on the tournamen kind, the scoring is done according to the Rubber method, or IMPs, or
- A comparison of the own score is possible, see below.
- Windows only: Scoring results can be saved and restored for a later continuation.
Comparison against the Computer
With Windows, the comparison can be made against 4 computer players
in the concurrent Closed Room; with Android, after your own play.<
Comparison against Pairs Tournament Results
You are playing hands that have already been played in a Pairs Tournament.
So having played a hand, your score will be compared with the results
previously recorded and thus you can get an immediate matchpoint score.
Comparison against Team Tournament Deals
This is similar to the closed room - the difference is that the second result
is taken from a selected tournament file.
Competition Mode (new since version 12, Windows only: )
You play a match with a number of deals as South and compare the results with a player
on a different PC,
who has played or will play the same deals also as South.
The result tables will be exchanged via the Q-plus server.
Further Features (Windows only)
- The program can be play in MiniBridge mode.
- A tournament mode is available, where the program knows only one hand.
- Q-plus Bridge can be played by two persons in a local TCP/IP net (LAN)
and (version 15.3) also via the Internet.