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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 Northeastern University and am a partner in a big data consulting company..


I'm also a musician (bassoonist) and yes, people, music always outranks bridge. Sorry.


I have a bridge-playing wife (Kim), a 13-yr-old son (CJ) who also plays bridge (if he's got nothing better to do) 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
(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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Editing tittles
What do you think Jeff?
Guess the bridge player
Thanks, Barry. I recall him from politics but had no idea that he was such an accomplished bridge player. And, no, I didn't guess him.
Steve Willner's bidding problem: J7642 5 J AJ8532
Pass quickly before they realize they missed slam. Just kidding--I'm in the pass-out seat.
Harrison Luba's bidding problem: Q9832 72 AK742 7
2. You want a diamond lead more than a spade lead. But 3 has too much downside and too little upside. 2 could be a disaster but it seems like you need to do something.
Is there something better than BBO?
Absolutely agree, Kiki. Indeed, I forgot to mention how lame it is that GIB only plays one system. I would love to be able to practice my Precision, weak no-trump, whatever.
Joseph Cappannelli's bidding problem: T7543 Q82 QT52 8
I missed the boat here, it seems. It would have been an easy problem at IMPs (just bid 4).
6!C defensive problem
I tend to consider "what can go away" for these types of defensive problem. So, like many others, including Alan (OP), I would have switched to a diamond. A less analytical defense might simply say "go passive" -- lead your other club, for instance. A more analytical defense would probably be ...
Is there something better than BBO?
Hi Sabrina. That's one of my pet peeves: when the GIB robot (frequently) does NOT have the hand it promises with its bid. Seems to happen all the time.
Is there something better than BBO?
Mike Giesler's bidding problem: AK6532 --- K83 8543
I was thinking the same thing!

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