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Esko Pikataival
Esko Pikataival
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Member Since
Aug. 10, 2011
Last Seen
July 23
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

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

Country
Finland

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 http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/quo-vadis-3
BBO Username
bagman, epika
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Which contract would you prefer to be in?
6NT by S would be the top spot but 6NT by N is also great because it is very likely to make. 7NT by N would be the top spot in a bidding contest; however bidding about a 75% grand in IMPs, when there is a reasonable chance that the ...
Competitive bidding with flat hands
I double now and then pass unless forced to bid; partner needs to do the competing.
Follow ups to partner's 3NT overcall of their pre-empt
The 4 structure was tinkered due to a 7NT incident (by teammates) referred in the 4 responses during the previous year. We have played Flint + 4MF1R for a couple of decades and it has appeared once or twice. Most of the time the 3NT bid comes up, advancer ...
Follow ups to partner's 3NT overcall of their pre-empt
From my system notes: 3NT System The 3NT system is played in situations, where aggressor has bid 3NT over opponent’s preempt. The 3NT bid has a very wide range in both the texture and strength. The hand can be balanced in range of 16-22 or unbalanced with good suit ...
How do you play?
The most likely combination for the trump lead is QJT. Assuming this, win K, play Q (covered), A. Cash the A, J and ruff a diamond. If diamonds break, ruff a club later. If diamonds are 4-2, take the ruffing finesse in spades and ruff a diamond. If Q is ...
On lead, having a Minor PC
You are right in your assumption but not in the statement related to Law 52, which specifically refers to Laws 50 and 51 to clarify the situation. L52A: When a defender fails to lead or play a penalty card as required by Law 50 or Law 51...
John Solodar, RIP
I met John Solodar in 1990 Geneva pairs. He and his partner arrived a bit late to our table so we were in a slight time trouble in the beginning. We had a bidding misunderstanding ending in 3X vulnerable. After a couple of tricks John started to think and ...
A known motive?
Hi Robert, Before my initial reply, I spent a couple of minutes to skim through Bridge with the Blue Team and did not find it from there :) Cannot remember where the play was described; probably some Kelsey book. I just remember that the Kx Jxx theme was tied to Belladonna.
A known motive?
I was obviously too slow to type; RS beat me by some minutes
A known motive?
Looks like the same theme as in an old Giorgio Belladonna hand. What could go wrong? Lead a to the K and A, get a trump back to K and A and J back East showing out. Now you lose 2 spades and 3 clubs if the Q is ...
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