|Q. Why are all cards
A. The current version of deep finesse is a
double-dummy analyzer only. That means hands are
solved with knowledge of every cards location.
Accordingly, you see every card on the screen. A
version that supports single-dummy play (where
two hands are hidden) is coming soon.
|Q. Where is the
A. Bidding is irrelevant when you are performing
double-dummy analysis. There are no inferences to
be drawn, you can see the location of all cards.
"Always" autoplay mode, why does Deep
Finesse sometimes make strange looking card
A. Deep Finesse chooses randomly among winning
plays in this mode; or randomly among losing
plays if no winners are available. Because of
this, Deep Finesse will not always make the most
"normal" looking plays but rest assured
that they are sound given the deal under
consideration. For example, Deep Finesse might
duck an early trick because it sees a complicated
squeeze that will win a trick back later.
Also, Deep Finesse currently
gives no special preference to lines that produce
overtricks - they are treated simply as winning
lines just like those that make a contract
exactly. To search for overtricks, modify the
contract and re-analyze the hand.
|Q. The screen
looks cluttered to me with all those winning and
losing labels on the cards. Can I do anything
A. Yes. You can turn off either set of marks by
clicking the toggles in the lower left corner of
the screen. For example, the author prefers
leaving on only the winning marks. That way, if a
card is unlabeled, it is implicitly a losing play
|Q. Deep Finesse
only runs on Windows 95+ based PCs. Is a MAC port
A. Maybe. It depends on whether Apple continues
to rebound. Managing lots of ports is not a
trivial matter so it will be driven by the number
of requests for a MAC port that we receive.
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