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Esko Pikataival
Esko Pikataival
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Member Since
Aug. 10, 2011
Last Seen
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Member Type
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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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Philly Slam Poll 1 of 3: ATB missed 6!S
Without strong club or Gazzilli the sequence must be limited to 4522 hands with adequate power. I'm ok with the first 3 calls. The rest depends on the chosen N-S strategy: if N-S have agreed that rather 480 than -50, it's ok to pass; if N-S prefer -50 ...
EBU Selection Trials: a proposal
I was trying to point out that one good team is enough; assuming that the selection method is such that randomness gets diminished e.g. method that has long KO matches (like 128 boards).
EBU Selection Trials: a proposal
You need only six players who can form the team together. If there is only one team, that wins by default. The target of team selection is not to play high quality bridge but to select one team.
EBU Selection Trials: a proposal
What would be the problem with teams of six competing in a seeded KO? That would allow the players to get team mates they like to play with. Typically the top players know which pairs are hot and have suitable chemistry to form a team with. In case there are ...
Ex nihilo
That was the idea.
Ex nihilo
The diamond lead was safe but that needs a deep(er) analysis of the hand. The lead was safe without drawing any inferences. I would guess that part of my partner's thinking was around the depth of the analytical process done by his LHO.
Easy hand?
EDIT: Oops; you have to discard something on the third spade and that needs to be a club... If South has both red aces, he can defeat you by setting up a long card in a red suit (if you allow that to happen). To avoid this you need to ...
Ekren with 6-4-distribution
I have played Ekren for years. We have limited the M distribution to 44/54/45/55. The reason for this is that 64 did cause problems to find the right suit and 65 or better has much more playing strength than expected. Link to my cc below: http://www ...
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 ...

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