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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
Aug. 11
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

British ex-pat living in Boston (MA) area. Learned bridge here originally (1980) so don't ask me about Acol. Took almost 20 years off. I am more of a theoretician/teacher than an expert proponent. For some reason (probably because I don't think fast enough), I don't always make such good decisions at the table as I can in the post-mortem. Many of my observations and thoughts end up in my blog (see website in my profile). In real life, I have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, I teach at Northeastern University and am a partner in a big data consulting company..


I'm also a musician (bassoonist) and yes, people, music always outranks bridge. Sorry.


I have a bridge-playing wife (Kim), a 13-yr-old son (CJ) who also plays bridge (if he's got nothing better to do) and two grown-up non-bridge-playing kids. I can (rarely) be found directing bridge games.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Honolulu 2004. We had been in HI for ten days so had a big advantage over the East-coasters who had just arrived. Entered LM pairs for the first time ever. Terrible first session (42%). Decided to have wine with dinner (how could it hurt?). Got (double) section top in second session and qualified for second day (but didn't distinguish ourselves then).
Bridge Accomplishments
(2-session) Regional Open Pairs win (with Kim Gilman), Sturbridge, MA 2012; various sectional wins.
Regular Bridge Partners
Kim Gilman, Len Aberbach, Alexander Frieden, Peter Matthews, Jan Popiel
Member of Bridge Club(s)
The Bridge Spot, Newton (MA)
Favorite Tournaments
Favorite Conventions
Fit-showing jumps, XYZ, splinters (including splimits), DSIP doubles
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Odd ruling
I would like to draw your attention to the wording: "Next, the Director hears the opponents’ objections to the claim (but the Director’s considerations are not limited only to the opponents’ objections)." This wording makes it crystal clear (to me at least) that the objection must come from the ...
Odd ruling
The law-writers were, I believe, intending that dummy could now contest ("doubt" is the word they use) an opponent's claim, not declarer's claim. Of course, since they didn't spell it out, we can't know for sure. It's like debating the 2nd amendment. It seems beyond ...
Odd ruling
Indeed. See my further comment below.
Odd ruling
I think the relevant law is 69B2: 69B. Agreement with a claim or concession (see A) may be withdrawn within the Correction Period established under Law 79C: 1. if a player agreed to the loss of a trick his side had, in fact, won; or 2. if a player has ...
Odd ruling
My understanding of when dummy's rights return are when the hand is over (i.e. a result has been achieved). Dummy can again be the first to draw attention to an irregularity, but under-claiming by his own side doesn't constitute an irregularity AFAIK.
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: K AT74 84 AJ7543
I imagine the large number of abstentions is because this hand did not double at the first turn. This type of hand: game-forcing values (?), four hearts and the five of the "other" minor cropped up on successive days. Each time, it was my partner who held the hand in question ...
Alan Frank's bidding problem: T9 AJ75432 QT3 8
I'm guessing that wasn't a success, although maybe it was an unintentional striped-tailed ape double?
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: AK Q862 9854 763
I see some valid argument for 4 but none whatsoever for double. Personally, I pass wondering why my earlier bidding was so bad ;)
Alan Frank's bidding problem: T9 AJ75432 QT3 8
I'm going to exaggerate my strength a little by splintering in . I hope this will confuse the opponents' auction sufficiently that they won't bid their 6. I don't see much point in 4. That's a transfer to 4 as everyone knows.
BW Site Improvements
Why are bugs "inevitable?" They should not happen in production software at all. Other than that, of course, this is a great site :)

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