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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
6 hours ago
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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Overcall in third or fourth seat
It drives me nuts when my partner (after I have passed as dealer or in second seat) overcalls with garbage. The purpose of an overcall is to compete, to attract a lead, or to use up the opponents' bidding space. When partner is already a passed hand, the second two ...
Attitude, Count, or Suit Preference?
I have a blanket rule for this sort of situation. If either or both of us has strongly bid the suit and/or the suit was raised, then count. Attitude is already known. So, here it would be count. I realize that there might be situations where this treatment is ...
Alan Frank's bidding problem: 962 K53 J AKJ764
Effectively unanimous. Story?
Correcting a correct but mistaken explanation
I do think you have to be especially careful if there is a reasonable chance that your correction of the misinformation may accrue to your advantage. That's why Kit's solution is good. Or alternatively, say nothing until the end of the hand and then ask the opponents if ...
Jeff Lehman's bidding problem: 7 AJT876 Q97642 ---
Jeff, here (again), the verdict is almost unanimous. Is there a story?
Jeff Lehman's bidding problem: 876 873 A64 KQ82
What's the story, Jeff? The voting is close to unanimous.
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: KQ K432 AJ64 K63
The three camps have evened out over the course of 24 hours, although 3 is still substantially ahead. Here's what happened. I was the doubler and my partner bid 2NT which went down two (it should have gone down only one). The hand makes 2 our way ...
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: KQ K432 AJ64 K63
So far, we have three camps: 57% feel that double shows four hearts and some values; 10% feel that double shows spades (i.e. penalty). 33% are hedging their bets maybe thinking that 2NT starts a scramble or intend to play 2NT.
ATB - another slam missed
Doubling would have saved only half a matchpoint provided that North passes. What if North was intending to pass and pull? As someone else noted, that seems over-optimistic but he does have the magic void. The point is that South cannot know what North plans to do, but South cannot ...
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: KQ K432 AJ64 K63
So, is 2NT "to play" or scramble?

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