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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
Jan. 18
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.

Country
United States of America
Website
http://robinsbridge.blogspot.com/

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
Any NABC
Favorite Conventions
Fit-showing jumps, XYZ, splinters (including splimits), DSIP doubles
BBO Username
Beowulf
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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1!c or 1!d?
I hadn't seen this article before*, but I've long held the belief that balanced 4-4 minor hands should start with 1. If we can take as given the various points that Andrew makes about there being more/safer sequences available after 1 than after 1 ...
Steve Willner's bidding problem: AK742 KQ5 AK4 75
My thinking was this: if partner was making a trap pass of clubs, obviously he'd be passing here. Unless he thought that chances of game were as good or better than chances of +300. So, if he has a stopper, it's probably not very robust. More likely, or ...
1!C-1NT?
I think I also need to know what 2C would show before I can answer
Alan Frank's bidding problem: x AKxx AJxx AKxx
Is there a story, Alan?
Best carding to receive our club ruff
Which heart did you play on the first round? 9 would suggest, albeit not conclusively, that you want to ruff something. In any case, I would have led T when in with the A. As others have pointed out, a club is right regardless.
Harrison Luba's bidding problem: AKxxx x xx Qxxxx
I think the spots would matter. This hand is on the edge -- for me -- of bidding 2S, doubling or passing. If I have good spade spots I'm inclined to double. If I have good club spots but bad spades, I'll probably bid 2S (call me crazy). With all ...
ATB: 3N-3
I'm inclined to agree, but then South would have to be the declarer, wouldn't he?
Is this penalty or takeout
Well, Richard, I agree that you might get +200 on this hand, provided that opener doesn't have a void. But it's a hand that won't come up very often and in any case even this hand might be making 620 in a major suit opposite not very ...
Is this penalty or takeout
Another classic "penalty or takeout" question. Is it possible for North (aka South) to have a hand that can make a penalty double all by himself and yet have 15-18 balanced? No, it is not. Therefore the double must be takeout. Probably has something like ATx KQxx Kx AQxx or ...
takeout or penalty
Did this actually happen in real life? [Apologies if this comment appears twice]
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