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Esko Pikataival
Esko Pikataival
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Member Since
Aug. 10, 2011
Last Seen
16 hours ago
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
ACBL Ranking
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Director call - have I missed something?
My case and the committee decision took place in Europe, probably in the early 90's and the appeals committee decision was to adjust the score with the clarification that in a hesitation case like that the player must play the lower; in that case the card was a sure ...
Director call - have I missed something?
I'm not an EBL/WBF director. However, a long time ago (I think it was European Pairs Championships) a player hesitated from 2nd hand in defense (for a bridge reason) with two touching honours whether to duck or go up (to win the trick). He went up with the ...
Great Players; Great Books
Clyde Love's book is dry like the Linear Algebra book but IMO it's a good theory book and the exercises are ok even though poorly presented. I learned a lot from that. It's not necessary to remember everything from the book; once the concepts are understood the ...
Trials and Errors
Thanks. I added the half time score (+35) so if you re-read, you won't get surprised any more. Four of the hands above were flat. The rest of them we won 56-51.
Trials and Errors
Thanks; fixed (9-14 is the correct range)
Trials and Errors
Thanks; I use BW as my therapy session after a tough weekend of bridge
Kobayashi Maru
I cannot see any merit in 3. What would be the point of bidding that and what would that achieve?
Kobayashi Maru
The NT range is such that the maximum is not interested in game facing 14 BAL. Non-vulnerable it can be bad and featureless 11; the problem hand evaluates to 9+ on K&R count and on experience the 3x4 with 3 queens is worth less than the hcp count shows. I had invitational 2NT (11-12) available. The hand is just not good enough for that (IMO). Partner was not suggesting to play 3; he was just showing extra playing strength. He could have easily held K instead of J making the ...
Kobayashi Maru
With the Q in South hand instead of the A, they can cash too many tricks.
Kobayashi Maru
Yes; somehow the A had appeared instead of the Q. I probably wanted to rig the scenario to be able to beat it at least this time.

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