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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
9 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 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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BBO Sign Up Question
One of the minor annoyances with BBO is that signing up for these tournaments is unreasonably hard. Why should both partners have to be online at the same time?
Your response structure to exclusion keycard?
I do different things with different partners. Prefer either 0314 or 01122... though.
Christopher Donnelly's bidding problem: AK73 852 94 AQ64
I'm surprised by all the doubles. That doesn't seem to describe our hand at all, however you play it. The down side of 3 is that partner may think I'm looking for half a stopper (he shouldn't) but will he know that he needs two ...
Harrison Luba's bidding problem: xxx K9x KJTx Kxx
I didn't look very carefully at the problem (I thought I was 2 bidder's partner). As I was casting my vote, I said to myself "only a lunatic would do anything but pass--this is a non-problem." So, I was a bit surprised to find I was the ...
Social Distancing? Here's a Digital Care Package
Thanks, Nick. I'm enjoying re-reading Bridge In the Menagerie in its latest updated edition. I note a couple of things so far. Somehow the new edition omits the subtitle of the work: "The Winning Ways of the Hideous Hog." Then in the section "The Hog Takes to Duplicate," there ...
it happened one night
Sounds like trying to make a mountain out of a molehill to me. XYZ is not a convention that this well established pair has likely forgotten*, so there's no UI (IMO). The second explanation was just trying to add a little clarity (and describe the 2) as a ...
OK Bridge is far from OK. Agree or Disagree?
Hmm, opinions differ. I think the Lehmans is a horrific feature. It would still be awful even if it was a good system, which it is definitely not.
Escape 1!Cx Down Four
Oops, yes you do.
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: KT85 65 QJT84 94
Paul is not missing anything and neither are the other voters. I wanted to find out if anyone would double or bid 3H. We do have useful cards and we *might* have half the deck in high cards. The question is: what does double mean? We passed over 1C so ...
Opening a 4-Card Major in 3rd/4th seat?
One thing that I try to avoid doing is making "prepared" bids (1 in Standard, 1 in Precision) if I've got less than opening count in third seat. So, if I'm going to open light in third seat, it's quite likely that my only four-card ...

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