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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
Nov. 19
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
Four regional, open, two-session wins (three pairs and one Swiss), most recently at Warwick, RI 2019; various open sectional wins.
Regular Bridge Partners
Dan Jablonski, Ethan Wood, Harrison Luba, Kim Gilman, Barry Margolin, Alan Frank,Peter Matthews.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
The Bridge Spot, Newton Bridge Club (MA)
Favorite Tournaments
Warwick, RI; Nashua NH; NABCs.
Favorite Conventions
Fit-showing jumps, XYZ, splinters (including splimits), cooperative doubles
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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What's a "Comparable Call"?
There was a similar situation yesterday. My side had a misunderstanding regarding double of a Flannery 2. Partner thought it showed diamonds, I thought (without any discussion) that it showed values. Partner made an insufficient bid of 4 after my LHO bid 4. The obvious (to me ...
What's a "Comparable Call"?
My recollection is that, after an insufficient bid, double is always expressly disallowed. However, I looked it up to check and the wording has changed in the 2017 laws, I believe: Law 27 B.3. except as provided in B1(b) above, if the offender attempts to substitute a double ...
ACBL Live über alles
Well, I respectfully disagree. There are many facets of the game that are of interest. To the extent that we can measure them, let's do that but we should label them for what they are. Many of these aspects of the game would be quite difficult to analyze as ...
ACBL Live über alles
One other thing that I don't think you addressed. Bridge Webs gives a percentage as declarer, dummy, leader, etc. It's a nice idea, although IMO horribly implemented on Bridge Webs. As "declarer," for instance, it's only appropriate to compare a player with other declarers playing the exact ...
ACBL Live über alles
Great article, Matthew. I particularly liked "Why are we still showing meaningless matchpoint totals as we approach 2020?!" I still find navigating through ACBL Live to be very frustrating, especially in, say, a two-session event when I want to switch to the other session. What do I see? The results ...
Are Reverses “Off” in a 2/1 auction?
I believe there are two major schools of thought here: "shapist" and "pointist". Your poll doesn't clearly distinguish between those (no reason it should, it's your poll, not mine). So I think you'll get a lot of people picking the closest to their thinking. Almost nobody requires ...
Do Support and Maximal Doubles Mix?
After a support double, I think all calls should be "natural/to play" including double. However, in this auction, we know that doubler can't have four hearts so he must have extras with 4342, 4333, or perhaps 4324. So, I believe it belongs to that fourth, often forgotten, class ...
What to continue?
Yes, this is the hand where the K is the right switch. I didn't find it at the table. Our teammates were also (unsuccessfully) defending a part-score (3, I think) so we lost six IMPs. Afterwards, I began to think that, at IMPs, there wasn't much down ...
“Never preempt over a preempt”...what’s the intuition? (If you agree)
Many good comments by others already. But look at it this way: you and partner need to have an agreement about this. Unless you have a special discussion about something, you would normally stick to "standard" practice. In this case, standard practice is that if you jump over a preempt ...
What to continue?
That might indeed be an interesting poll. But it isn't this poll :)

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