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

The name is an anagram, which I use as  my Internet alias.


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 grand
Once West makes a cue bid, East needs to take control even though he does not have a diamond control. The simple reason is that the only way for East to describe his hand is to show it to West. The auction should follow 4 with 4NT-5m(1/4 ...
Your wish is my command
As Roland Voigt above suggested, reading the relevant laws and making a decision based on the laws is director's primary duty. Law 16 B3 states the following: The Director shall assign an adjusted score (see Law12C1) if he considers that an infraction of law has resulted in an advantage ...
Play 6!s
I think that QTxx left is greater threat than an early ruff so I'll do the discovery play if I can afford to safety play trumps: A, A, to the J and then a) if J wins K, towards A9 and just cover (unless W shows ...
Theatre of Absurd Revisited
After the Lightner double suggesting a ruff, every East found the club lead.
ATB: misdefense of 5!S
East; East just failed to count.
Hits and Misses
Thanks; fixed
Hits and Misses
Good bad was not available; we use 2NT as natural in many situations and we play that contract pretty often and often little bit underpowered due to the opening ranges. It's not pretty but we consider it the best solution. It's a price we pay for being able ...
The walrus opens 1N. Then what?
The bad holdings (QJ, J9x) are somewhat compensated by the pure holdings (Axxx, AKxx) putting the hand in some 14+/15- range. (K&R and DK suggest about 14-). I would open 1NT but thereafter I would treat the hand as a dead minimum. However, I would raise 1NT-2-2 ...
A Round from the Reisinger
Looks like non-simultaneous double squeeze by winning Q, A, A, Q, K and clubs to - 8 A7 4 vs 7 AJ 8
Mulberry Bush
I think that the roots of the Mulberry can be found in the Slawinski-Ruminski book "Introduction to Weak Opening Systems" from 1970's. Most of the Polish forcing pass systems had a complete set of relays built in and after the initial completion of relays (shape & strength), 3NT was to ...

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