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Esko Pikataival
Esko Pikataival
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Member Since
Aug. 10, 2011
Last Seen
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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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Attitude to System Regulations
When I played the first time in a club, we met a pair, who told that they play Regres, the Polish forcing pass system. That was practically the moment, which woke up my interest in bridge. I started to explore, create and test different (often complicated) systems, even though I ...
Have you heard of this lead agreement?
It's a very old Bols Tip or an article, something like "Look for a king, he may be a messenger". If you play it, you need to disclose it as declarer has some nice potential counters against other king leads, which are not from AK.
What on earth can he hold?
There are multiple views related to the X of 4/5m. My opinion and practice is that those doubles show cards and in my notes advancer might remove with AKxxxx equivalent (only). So I would not X and then remove to 5 with any hand.
Can a previous suit encouragement signal be modified by the order of subsequent honour plays?
On the first club the J seems automatic and after that an encouraging diamond should tell the whole story.
Suit Agreement and Slam Move after 2NT Open
Assuming that we have no common history, I certainly would not put partner to a position where they need to be a mind reader. If I had a hand, where I would like to explore slam I would triage the hands to game raise (cancel slam exploration), bid 5M (with ...
Does an "Attitude Signal" signal "what you want/don't want" or "what you have/don't have" (or something else?)
Our attitude signal tells what we have or have not. When dummy shows a guarded card we are expected to show attitude about, we switch the signal to count: A from AK, Qxx(+) on dummy -> count K from KQ, Jxx(+) on dummy -> count (once the trick is completed, leader will ...
Which Law says it's illegal?
Now you have summoned another case, where you might have some kind of privacy expectations. My response above was based on the assumption that the situation could be equivalent to a cigarette break outside and a pair there would discuss a board knowing that others can hear it.
Which Law says it's illegal?
There is an explicitly listed offence of talking about a board so that player "at another table" can hear it. The question is, AFAIU, if there is a law to extend the offence to cover "players standing somewhere away from the table". Otherwise, as you stated, the answer is obvious.
Which Law says it's illegal?
EDIT: If this about if "offence" is illegal, please skip. If this about extension of "at the table" to "in front of players", please read on. If you take a look at the law 90A, it gives the director quite a lot of powers to assess procedural penalties. One of ...
No Matchpoints
If the hearts are 3-3 in the 5 card end position, they are unlikely to be 4-2 later. If you cash the A, you make an overtrick, if the K falls. If all follow, you make the contract by giving away a diamond, setting up the last diamond. If LHO ...

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