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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
14 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.

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
Favorite Conventions
Fit-showing jumps, XYZ, splinters (including splimits), DSIP doubles
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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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 ...
Today (Mar 13) afternoon/evening in Philadelphia
Sorry, didn't see this earlier. I was stuck too and looking for evening game :(
The Bridge Player's Lament
Thanks for reminding me of this great song, Ian :) I spent most of the first 30 years of my life in or around London. I don't know what it's like today, but I've always felt there was a lot more obvious poverty and homelessness over here.
What should be the ACBL priorities?
Jeff, in a (US) bridge context, "younger" means "middle-aged."
System Question
I've played a system like that (the "Downhill notrump") with my friend Bruce Downing. 1NT was 10-11 and all 2 level bids were to play. 2NT was the start of Muppet and could be the start of a search for slam. There were other game-forcing bids but I don ...
Jeff Lehman's bidding problem: --- K976 J97 QJT963
Oops I misread minority as majority. I do have an appointment to get my eyes tested!
Jeff Lehman's bidding problem: --- K976 J97 QJT963
Maybe the majority was for 3C when you posted your comment but is now at 83% in favor of pass.

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