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Esko Pikataival
Esko Pikataival
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Member Since
Aug. 10, 2011
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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 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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Non-comparable call question.
Venn diagram for comparable calls: The following case shows the marginally comparable call: Offender passes on partner's turn to call. Partner opens 1 and offender bids 1NT (marginally comparable). In most cases the call stays comparable, but the boundary ...
Best name for this squeeze
Bridge World August 2018 Swiss match spoiler alert! Similar squeeze was presented in one of the problems in Bridge World August 2018 Swiss match; it was a defensive problem and as in all vice squeezes, the defense is to keep winners and throw losers i.e. keep a long card ...
Best name for this squeeze
IMO, the squeeze belongs to the vice family. Reverse vice sounds like a proper designation. My understanding of vice is that the stuff between the low menace and the high menace gets crushed.
Best name for this squeeze
This looks like vice to me. Give West QJ and South the K of hearts the position would be essentially the same as in vice except the two card menace would be reversed. The basic matching vice position would be ..... .....Q9 ..... .....T ......... JT.......A86 ......... A........ .....2 .....2 ..... .....J West needs ...
Communication Is The Problem To The Answer
In this setup (5+3), East unblocks the K or exits with the K and West cashes a diamond (as South has run out of stoppers), I think. Note that South will be squeezed out of a major suit card on the run of the clubs.
Communication Is The Problem To The Answer
Duck the spade lead, win the forced minor suit switch and pass the J. Later squeeze East in the majors from South (cash clubs and diamonds) or from North (cash diamonds and clubs) depending on which entry West breaks. On a lead this can be repeated (duck spade high ...
What do you lead at trick 3?
The only time partner needs to play the 2 from QJ92 is when he holds the K. Proof below: 1. Signalling with the 9 lets declarer build a diamond trick from KT6x. 2. Declarer needs to surrender round 3 to get round 4 diamond winner. 3. Declarer needs to pitch ...
What do you lead at trick 3?
Just corroborates that the club ruff line is not feasible. It looks like my play should not matter but to cover against a bad line by declarer, I should now try to cash out. In most universes declarer holds one black king in ?xx AQxxx KQx ?x.
What do you lead at trick 3?
I would like the explanation for 3 before making any plays. However, partner's card shows that declarer and dummy do not have mirror distributions meaning that there is not going to be a third round spade loser. Partner's card also shows that at least one fast discard ...
Misplay this hand with Me (with apologies to Mark Horton)
Based on the bidding it is very likely that West has a red singleton (any 5332 would be so featureless that preemptive 3 on equal vulnerability looks more right). My bidding has shown lots of red cards but I have not guaranteed spade void, because 6 was the ...

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