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Esko Pikataival
Esko Pikataival
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Aug. 10, 2011
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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).


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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
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bagman, epika
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Ok. A stupid question on a Wednesday evening.
There is a reason for the following Bols tip: "With 12 trumps, play for the drop."
Declarer thoughts
With EW cold for 5, I wouldn't be so worried about making this or not. However, I would draw two rounds of trumps ending in hand and then lead the low spade. If West takes, I can claim. If West ducks, then comes the thinking time. The vulnerability ...
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy
This is typically a matter of partnership tuning. You can use this hand (or something even more suitable) as a yardstick to define what type of junk you open or not (and also in what situations you would open or not). For me this would be a clear opener, because ...
considerably worse than trivial
Sounds like entry shifting squeeze with requirement to balance the entry shifting matrix one way or another. Having e.g. a suit with AQTxx vs Kxxxx and taking the first round finesse with the 10 to handle Jxx onside and then cash the A and follow with the Q for ...
considerably worse than trivial
There are four special cases of GWODZINSKY viz. AT62, J73, Q84 K95 K95, AT62, J73, Q84 Q84, K95, AT62, J73 J73, Q84, K95, AT62 If you ever get one, call the director.
Too weak to reverse but holding 6m-5M, which suit do you open with?
For me the values required for reverse with 6-5 are significantly lower than with 5-4. In my (casual partnerships) system notes there is an explicit statement that 13 working hcp with intermediates is enough e.g. x AKT9x x AQTxxx. So that might put me to the "None of these ...
MI (?) Ruling
The catch created by the EBU regulation is that by not alerting, North has vouched: a) North-South have an agreement of the meaning of 3 b) South has promised long spades With the stipulations above, South made a misbid and needs to suffer the consequences. The root cause was ...
MI (?) Ruling
There is an authoritative statement that pass or correct call is treated as natural
MI (?) Ruling
I think that there's one piece of information missing viz. did North alert 3. If he did not, by the same EBU regulations, he vouched that North-South have an agreement about the meaning of 3 over X=T/O. If North did not alert, the root cause ...
MI (?) Ruling
What is the EBU alert regulation regarding calls with no agreement?

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