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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
12 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 Northeaster

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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delayed XX runout showing a 3-suiter alertable ?
I play so many different runout systems (every partner has their own pet scheme) that I lose track. But I'm 100% sure that none of them have 2 as natural. So, in the unlikely event that a) 2 was actually natural and b) I had explicitly discussed ...
Bridge vs Magic
Knowing that it has something to do with cards is very helpful. I don't need the rules, thanks.
When do you bid a Grand Slam at MPs and IMPs?
You stipulated a top-flight event and presumably most if not all the other pairs will be facing this same decision. You estimate the probability of 7 making as 60%. That's greater than 50% and it's the top scoring contract over 50% probable. I can't see any ...
Bridge vs Magic
You didn't say what happens in a Magic event. Or if you did, I missed it. Was that because you assume most people already know (I don't) or that is't too complicated or not interesting enough or some combination of the above. BTW, what do they do?
Inverted Minors
Inverted minors were designed to complement the weak no trump (Kaplan-Sheinwold) (I believe). So, they can't entirely be expected to fit seamlessly in a strong notrump context.
David Silver
Thanks for letting us know, Bruce. I enjoy his books. Unlike most books, they don't give up their secrets too easily ;)
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 ...

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