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Esko Pikataival
Esko Pikataival
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 10, 2011
Last Seen
4 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
ACBL Ranking
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Trials and Errors
Thanks. I added the half time score (+35) so if you re-read, you won't get surprised any more. Four of the hands above were flat. The rest of them we won 56-51.
Trials and Errors
Thanks; fixed (9-14 is the correct range)
Trials and Errors
Thanks; I use BW as my therapy session after a tough weekend of bridge
Kobayashi Maru
I cannot see any merit in 3. What would be the point of bidding that and what would that achieve?
Kobayashi Maru
The NT range is such that the maximum is not interested in game facing 14 BAL. Non-vulnerable it can be bad and featureless 11; the problem hand evaluates to 9+ on K&R count and on experience the 3x4 with 3 queens is worth less than the hcp count shows. I had invitational 2NT (11-12) available. The hand is just not good enough for that (IMO). Partner was not suggesting to play 3; he was just showing extra playing strength. He could have easily held K instead of J making the ...
Kobayashi Maru
With the Q in South hand instead of the A, they can cash too many tricks.
Kobayashi Maru
Yes; somehow the A had appeared instead of the Q. I probably wanted to rig the scenario to be able to beat it at least this time.
One More
Dummy is going to hold at most 2 trumps and West hand suggests that dummy is unlikely to have ruffing values. However, in this auction, dummy might be void in clubs and partner might have AJx or similar. A good rule of thumb is to avoid trump leads against one ...
Plan the play: 2!S at teams
The 4 step response is 3, because (AFAIU) the responses start from 3; 2NT shows the 21-23 BAL.
Slam Try with 4!S Over 1NT Opener
With 4333 the slam try is 4NT. With 4333 and enough stuff for 6, responder bids 3 (NAT FG) to locate the spade fit and thereafter 6 or 6NT accordingly. With 4 spades and 4 card minor, responder can bid the minor to locate a 4-4 fit either ...

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