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Esko Pikataival
Esko Pikataival
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Member Since
Aug. 10, 2011
Last Seen
July 15
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I have represented my country in our national team multiple times. I have been a member/chairman in our national laws committee (tasks including, but not limited to, the supervision of translation of laws 2007 and 2017).


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Finishing a slam board in a restroom with my screenmate Peter Schaltz without involving the other side of the screen at all. See
BBO Username
bagman, epika
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I would make the bid that my agreements tell me to do. If my agreements would allow me judgement based choice between 1 and 1NT with supporting follow-ups, I would select 1NT. However, the choice is, IMO, close. 1NT is supported by the shape (or lack of it) and ...
Is this hand an acceptable one-level opening bid in modern bridge?
David C, the bridge laws require full disclosure and the bridge laws give regulating authorities powers to limit what's allowed and what's not. The above leads to the following. You can agree to play whatever you want, iff (if and only if) a) you disclose it fully, and ...
Is this hand an acceptable one-level opening bid in modern bridge?
Hmm; in the 80's I used to play system where 1 opening promised 0-7 and any shape and other one level openings were artificial showing 8-12 with some specific shape types. In 1987 EBL decided that there should be systems policy governing all systems and this system policy ...
Is this hand an acceptable one-level opening bid in modern bridge?
It all depends on your agreements what can be opened (assuming the systems policy in your jurisdiction permits it). However, in jurisdictions following WBF systems policy, agreeing to open this would be ok but agreeing to open AT98xx KTxxx x x at the one level would make the system HUM ...
Deceiving question by declarer
My request for other relates to 73E2, which states: "If the Director determines that an innocent player has drawn a false inference from a question, remark, manner, tempo or the like, of an opponent who has no demonstrable bridge reason for the action, and who could have been aware, at ...
Deceiving question by declarer
There should always be the "Other" as an option. Declarer is entitled to the proper information related to the Jack lead. However, the proper form to ask is not "Jack denies?" but "What does the Jack lead show?" or similar neutral. In most cases this issue is related to Hanlon ...
BBO hand viewer links
The handviewer has worked for me, when I just remove the base url and paste just the stuff after the question mark. Your example hand showed up for me when I pasted the following to the url field: lin=st||pn|fuzzyquack,~~M20373,~~M20371,~~M20372|md|4SA954HKDAKJ742CQ6,SQJ83HQJ542D85C54,SK7H987DQ963CAK97,ST62HAT63DTCJT832 ...
An interesting deal from the mixed pairs in Biarritz
Even though East has six spades there are lots of defense and a trump to lead through; all this points to balancing with X. West has a tough spot after X but playing MPs I would prefer pass and trying for 100/300. This decision takes to account that East ...
Would you double?
I subscribe to the theory that one should get in whenever possible and after that bid with bad minimum only if forced. The example hands are marginal; I would X both hands if I had Kxx and xx instead of xxx and Kx.
Simple question - What honor is "standard"?
When splitting 2nd hand, the information partner needs is the highest of your split sequence. The correct way to send this message is to agree with your partner what to play when splitting from 2nd hand. Working solutions: * play the top card * play the 2nd highest * play 0 or 2 ...

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