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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

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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Assess the blame (15)
North at least got one bid right: 2
Most unknown quotes get attributed to (you pick): Mark Twain, Winston Churchill or Groucho Marx.
Barry Plotkin's bidding problem: QJxx x Qxxx Kxxx
This is close (8 hcp, no aces, only four spades) but the auction won't end with me bidding 1. I will have another chance to bid one of the minors if I want to.
Responder's Second Bid in Competitive Auction
I abstained. I think there are several factors at play here. I don't believe any call by responder is forcing, except for 3. 2 tends to show five but minimum hands might bid 2 with only four because it's dangerous to double unless we know ...
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: K8753 K83 --- Q7642
Ah yes, good point. I should have said about 12 seconds. Of course the skip bid requirement of 10 seconds is incredibly silly in this case (and in so many other cases). We are vulnerable, my partner has not bid so far (but passed twice), so the chances of her ...
Does a correction to 4H on this hand bar partner under current rules (ACBL)?
Indeed, Ed. The penalty would be quite severe for a 4 bid that (unexpectedly) bars partner.
Does a correction to 4H on this hand bar partner under current rules (ACBL)?
IF 3 means (a) I have a game-forcing hand; (b) I don't feel I can bid 3NT myself; (c) I have tolerance for your suit (spades) but can't directly raise.... AND IF 4 means (a) I have a game-forcing hand; (b) this is not a hand ...
Table Math
East and West both played as if they had four hearts so, unless they're playing a very deep game, I think we can reasonably assume 4-4.
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: AQ76542 K8 K64 4
At matchpoints, shouldn't we be putting the most likely hand in partner's hand? There are six outstanding spades, the most likely number of spades is two (right?). Assuming partner is in the 5 to 11 range, the most likely number of points partner should have is nine (right ...
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: K8753 K83 --- Q7642
Paul, good observation. Unfortunately, I covered the club as it seemed more likely that partner would show up with a useful high card in clubs than a third trump.

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