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Deal Generator
 
To use the Deal Generator feature click on the "Deal Generator" button from the main menu.

The Deal Generator allows you to create deals meeting specified point-count and distribution criteria. You can also create deals conforming to particular bidding sequences. If you create deals conforming to particular bidding sequences, then the deals that you generate depend on the convention card that North and South are using, as well as the convention card that East and West are using.

Selection of Deal Generator from the main screen takes you to the screen on which you give your instructions to the deal generator. You may specify the point requirements (high-card and/or total) for each hand, the suit distribution of each hand, the dealer, a bidding sequence, and/or the bidding conventions you wish to be active during the deal generation. You may also specify the number of deals you wish to generate (the default is 20), and the starting deal number, which is the number of the deal at which the search for deals meeting your criteria will begin.

Be careful to specify only criteria that are important to the task at hand. If, for example, you specify high-card and total points and suit distributions for all four hands, the deal generator may run indefinitely without finding a single deal meeting all criteria. And if you compound the problem by also specifying a bidding sequence, it is hardly likely that any matching deals will be found.

In general, you should specify high-card points (HCP) if you wish to create notrump deals and total points if you wish to create deals that will lead to suit contracts. If you elect to prescribe the bidding sequence, you should not also specify point-counts or suit distributions. This is because point counts and suit distributions are implied by the bidding sequence, and adding these specifications is at best a redundancy and at worst will prevent the Deal Generator from finding matching deals.

For example, suppose that you want to generate deals where South has 20 or more Total Points but no 5-card major, and North has 10 or more Total Points (TP). Under NORTH, in the min column, in the Total row, enter "10"; this will force North to have 10 or more Total Points (TP). Under SOUTH, in the min column, in the Total row, enter "20"; this will force South to have 20 or more Total Points. Under SOUTH, in the max column, in the Spades row, enter "4"; this will force South to have at most 4 spades. Under SOUTH, in the max column, in the Hearts row, enter "4"; this will force South to have at most 4 hearts.

For another example, suppose that you want to generate deals where South opens 1NT, North responds 2C, and South rebids 2H, but you don't care what East and West bid. In the Dealer dropdown, select South; this will force South to be the dealer. Then click "Add Auction". Click 1NT for the first call; this will force South to bid 1NT. Click Any call for the next call; this will allow West to make any call over South's 1NT. Click 2C for the next call; this will force North to respond 2C. Click Any call for the next call; this will allow East to make any call over North's 2C. Click 2H for the next call; this will force South to bid 2H on the second round of bidding. Click "Done" to indicate that you are done specifying the auction.

When you have finished entering your criteria, click on "Generate Deals". As each matching deal is found, its number will appear in the Deals window to the right. There will also be a running count of the number of deals tested and the number of valid deals found. You may elect either to play the deals immediately, with or without saving them, or to save them for later use. To save them, you must give them a file name; if you play them without saving, the deals will be lost (although by making a note of its number you may retrieve a deal by entering its number when you are playing Numbered Random Deals).

To retrieve a set of generated deals you have saved, on the main menu, select "New Game" or "Load Deals". Then, from the opening screen, click on the "Load From List" button, and then select the saved deal file and click on open. You will then start playing and the auction window will open to start the game.