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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
an hour 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 a very popular and successful bridge teacher, a 17-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
Three Regional Open Pairs wins (two with Kim Gilman, one with Dan Jablonski), most recently at Warwick, RI 2018; various open sectional wins.
Regular Bridge Partners
Kim Gilman, Tom Breur, Alan Frank, Harrison Luba, Dan Jablonski, Ethan Wood, Peter Matthews, Barry Margolin
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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Why does Harvard hate bridge?
HCAPIE refers to "Harvard College Association for the Promotion of Interplanetary Expansion" (in the OP). This may be fictitious, however, as I don't see it in the list posted.
How do you play this double
I'm all for simple rules for doubles. If they bid NT "to play" (which includes any natural NT overcall) then double is penalty. Simple, easy. Is it always optimal? Probably not, but being optimal is not as important as being on the same page.
Why does Harvard hate bridge?
Several of us (including Yichen Ying) are attempting to start a bridge club at Northeastern University. Time will tell if we are successful. Meanwhile, Jonathan, leaving the ignominy aside for now, there might be other clubs you could join with simply to get the appropriate privileges if you find the ...
Why does Harvard hate bridge?
We will see if Northeastern has a rational approach. See my comments below.
Why does Harvard hate bridge?
That's even more appalling! And hard to fathom.
Drop/pitch versus finesse
Indeed, I thought of that at the time but forgot to mention it in my write-up.
Drop/pitch versus finesse
David, thanks for your detailed analysis. This is went above and beyond. So, my "pretty close" to 50% was not very close. My calculations were off. And my bidding was not that great. Do I deserve any better than a "C"?
Drop/pitch versus finesse
Interesting notion, Steve. I have noticed them occasionally flying in such a situation but probably not enough to justify making a habit of it.
Kieran Dyke's bidding problem: A6 75 KJ4 AQJ964
3: control in support of diamonds (the "Marcus acceptance").
Drop/pitch versus finesse
No, I didn't have anything like this kind of accuracy at the "table". It was a timed robot tournament so I didn't have infinite time, although I could have spent a lot longer on this one board. All I had was a feeling that the probability of my ...

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