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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, 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
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A "strong" 2C ruling in SB's favour
There are two issues here: a) what is the EW agreement b) was there damage If EW agreement is "strong", East can upgrade and make the 2 bid without the hcp/controls required by the partnership agreement. As this hand is the threshold case in the EBU regulations, this ...
"I accept"
If the defenders disagree, the one to play after the irregularity (card from the wrong hand) makes the decision
How would you proceed?
Have you defined if pass is forcing? In my partnerships, LRoB is forcing to 3M meaning that we would not be in force. X by partner would have been transferable values and pass just tells that 5 seems neither making nor 2-way shot. Facing a typical 1 opening ...
Action over 1S?
There are actually four "colors", sometimes/somewhere expressed as red, amber, white and green (V/NV, V/V, NV/NV NV/V). Playing matchpoints, I would probably pass against vulnerable opponents and would certainly bid 1NT on NV/NV and possibly also V/NV. Playing IMPs, I might bid 1NT ...
Is 1!c-(Pass)-1!d-(1M)-Dbl a support double for !ds?
In 2/1 context, I prefer to play 1-(-p)-1-(1)-X as showing hearts without reversing values. If the advancer is going to jump raise spades, it helps if one of our side has made a call to deny/guarantee 4 hearts.
Different Defenses Against No Trump in Direct vs. Balancing Seats?
The bridge reason to play different systems depending on position would be the declarer position. The defensive bidders would like to put the 1NT opener on lead as often as possible. The venerable BTCNTD (the Blue Team Club No Trump Defense) had transfers in 2nd position and Landy with natural ...
Why use Neuberg?
Intuitively I would consider that factoring boards when there are missing/surplus scores due to the movement and using Neuberg when there are multiple score groups due to misboarding, averages, or equivalent would be correct. Why? When there are multiple score groups, there is always the doubt: would I have ...
What's a "Comparable Call"?
The same denomination rule applies if the substitute call shows the same denomination the IB specified. In this case the substitution is not according to 27B1(a) if they have some NT defense specifying 2NT as conventional; however if they have no NT defense and 2NT has no specific meaning ...
What's a "Comparable Call"?
Note that law 27B (insufficient bid not accepted) has four different options and the first one of those has two different options. 27B1(a) categorically allows the substitution with the lowest bid specifying the same denomination as the insufficient bid specified without rectification (but the score is adjusted if the ...
Ok. A stupid question on a Wednesday evening.
There is a reason for the following Bols tip: "With 12 trumps, play for the drop."

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