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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
4 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Learned bridge in the US so, despite my Britishness, I don't know 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, and I am an Associate Teaching Professor at Northeastern University in Boston.

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

I have a bridge-playing wife (Kim) who is also a very popular and successful bridge teacher, a 16-yr-old son (CJ)--who no longer plays bridge because it isn't cool--and two grown-up non-bridge-playing kids. I can (rarely) be found directing bridge games.

Country
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
Two (2-session) Regional Open Pairs win (with Kim Gilman), most recently at our Nation's Capital Regional (2017); various sectional wins.
Regular Bridge Partners
Kim Gilman, Alan Frank, Jonathan Baumel, Harrison Luba, Peter Matthews, Jan Popiel
Member of Bridge Club(s)
The Bridge Spot, Newton Bridge Club (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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Dan Jablonski's bidding problem: 2 A82 QJ973 QJ87
What's the story here? I note that the voting is more than three to one in favor of one particular call. Another call is conspicuous by its absence.
Jeff Lehman's bidding problem: AKJ65 --- Q65 KQT92
Difficult second round decision, I believe. What exactly is the dividing line between rebidding 2 and rebidding 3? One of the problems that we give ourselves is that 3 would be game-forcing, even though 1NT is forcing. That has never made a lot of sense to me ...
Jeff Lehman's bidding problem: 93 KQ432 A97 J76
These comments surprise me. I would have thought there was only one possible system bid here: 2. While that choice is the majority in the poll, it's by no means unanimous.
Partial Disclosure
The other consideration here is that LHO (dummy) was a passed hand. This suggests that, at the time of the 1NT bid, RHO might have had only four spades. OTOH, over a takeout double, players would tend to support with support. So, bridge logic suggests that dummy will come down ...
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: 65 JT8 AKT93 T53
Actually, the West bot didn't think it was a penalty double. It was for takeout.
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: 65 JT8 AKT93 T53
Follow-up question: just supposing that you did bid 3. What would that signify? Is it different over pass vs. double?
Opinion on a director's ruling.
It does seem odd, however, that East bid 4 rather than 4.
History Lession Invited?
BTW, was the title supposed to be referring to History Lesson or, perhaps more appropriately, History Lesion? Or both?
History Lession Invited?
Seems like normal bridge to me too. I've never really understood what people meant when they ask "do you play Western cue bids?"
What's the correct ruling?
I think you might be thinking of the suction defense to NT bids. This is what it says under GCC: 7. DEFENSE TO: a) conventional calls (except see #10 RESPONSES and REBIDS above and #7 under DISALLOWED below), b) natural no trump opening bids and overcalls, except that direct calls ...
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