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Esko Pikataival
Esko Pikataival
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Member Since
Aug. 10, 2011
Last Seen
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Member Type
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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
ACBL Ranking
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How do you rule?
This gives a completely new set of facts starting with the form of scoring (IMPs versus the suggested matchpoints). If West was using his judgment and East was guessing what West tried to show makes this semantically completely different from having an agreement. The legal basis for the score adjustment ...
How do you rule?
Swiss format is often used with MP scoring. Swiss pairs means normally matchpoints where the pairing is Swiss.
How do you rule?
@Ed Reppert I had pretty clearly justified my position on the matter whether it's alertable in Australia earlier (some comments below).
How do you rule?
If I had agreed the wide range and had agreed follow-up methods to disclose a stronger unbalanced hand, I think that 1NT would be alertable also in ACBL jurisdiction. I know for certain that it would be alertable in mine.
How do you rule?
My understanding is that 1NT was alertable per ABF alert regulation 3.3.2 b). The EW system is built around "strong" NT concept so the normal assumption of the 1NT rebid is a balanced hand below "strong" NT range. When the EW agreement is that the rebid can show ...
Yellow Systems - A Dire Discovery
I happened to be in the 1987/1988 EBL Systems Committee, which was working for the first system policy for systems currently known as "Highly Unusual Methods" (HUM) and then as "Highly Artificial Systems" (HAS). The only reason why I was in the committee was my hands-on knowledge of weak ...
Segment from Hell
I might have botched some comparisons as I just tried to locate the scores from the other table from the butler scores and then used my inbuilt IMP table; the official score was 70-12. Yes, we did win the event. Otherwise I might have slit my wrists instead of writing ...
Segment from Hell
The format in both is a round robin. In the semi finals there were four groups of four teams playing a round robin with two teams from each advancing to the eight team final. Our nemesis and our team advanced from our semi final group.
Greek gift?
South discarded the 4 on the last heart.
Greek gift?
Assume that East holds QT9 and some small spades. From East's perspective, West needs 8xxx for set but only if East plays a diamond after the last heart (to break the pointed suit squeeze). If East held Qxx and some small spades, his chance for set would be the ...

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