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Esko Pikataival
Esko Pikataival
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Member Since
Aug. 10, 2011
Last Seen
3 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I have represented my country in our national team multiple times. I have been a member/chairman in our national laws committee (tasks including, but not limited to, the supervision of translation of laws 2007 and 2017).


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Finishing a slam board in a restroom with my screenmate Peter Schaltz without involving the other side of the screen at all. See
BBO Username
bagman, epika
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ATB missed slam
RR: AFAIU, I was not suggesting that 3 was the call to be made and if you read my comment just above, you would have noted that I bid 2 in the same position (I happened to play in the same tournament). I was trying to suggest what ...
ATB missed slam
I think that many of us would be happy if she would call for a game. Sometimes things just don't go as planned; here she might have been a bit afraid of the trump quality after the 3 call and using the brakes at the wrong time caused ...
ATB missed slam
We bid this using 2/1 simply 1...2 2...3 (2 was either 6+ or 5 cards but not 2NT call) 4NT..5 5NT..7 After partner's 3, I sort of showed my cards by RKCB followed by 5NT and ...
Was this a fielded psyche and is the psychic bidder allowed to coach his client when the director is called?
Psyching is legal. However, regular psyching in the same partnership creates a partnership understanding, which must be disclosed. In some jurisdictions certain partnership agreements are not allowed. If EW are a regular psyching partnership, 1 response should be alerted and described along the lines what it has shown in ...
Forcing Pass or what?
IMO, opener's normal options are pass and double. Opener can bid 5 with an exceptional hand with high offense and low defense e.g. no A and void. Opener's double should indicate willingness to defend. Pass just tells that "you redoubled so follow up your plan ...
What do you make of this?
Based on your description in the initial post, your opponent was following the procedure as it is written. However, the correct procedure might result in UI. We have the laws to deal with UI but nothing in your post suggested that his partner had utilized the UI. As you stated ...
What do you make of this?
Your opponent was correctly following the procedure set by the bridge laws.
play 7nt for life
This is based on a problem by Martens (published in 1992 in Przeglad Brydzowy) and later on the same year published by Chip Martel in (referencing the source). The solution is neat but a bit counter intuitive.
Director call - have I missed something?
My case and the committee decision took place in Europe, probably in the early 90's and the appeals committee decision was to adjust the score with the clarification that in a hesitation case like that the player must play the lower; in that case the card was a sure ...
Director call - have I missed something?
I'm not an EBL/WBF director. However, a long time ago (I think it was European Pairs Championships) a player hesitated from 2nd hand in defense (for a bridge reason) with two touching honours whether to duck or go up (to win the trick). He went up with the ...

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