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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
April 28
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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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!
Ned Kohler's bidding problem: 6 AJ75 AT7 AQ532
Why isn't North bidding 5?
Is there something better than BBO?
I think (though I don't know) that Matt Ginsburg still owns GIB.
Is there something better than BBO?
I do. They're provide a great opportunity at practicing declarer play and bidding (with a little defense thrown in).
Is there something better than BBO?
Cameron, I'm a little chagrined at being described as "windy". Yes, the article was a bit long, I know. As far as overblown and baseless, well that's what I wanted to get people's opinions on. Let me set the record (slightly) straight. I'm a HUGE fan ...
Is there something better than BBO?
See my comment to Gary above.
Is there something better than BBO?
You're actually missing out on one of the best aspects of BBO: robot tournaments. Yes, it's madly frustrating, but you really get to practice your declarer play. And God knows I need the practice!
Is there something better than BBO?
Well, I think that's debatable. They do provide a platform in the sense that, technically, it is possible to set up your own club and get paid entrants. But I know from experience that this is not easy because they make it extremely hard to make it succeed (or ...

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