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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
12 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Learned bridge in the US so, despite my Britishness, I don't know 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, and I am an Associate Teaching Professor at Northeastern University in Boston.

I'm also a musician (bassoonist) and yes, people, music always outranks bridge. Sorry.

I have a bridge-playing wife (Kim) who is a very popular and successful bridge teacher, a 17-yr-old son (CJ)--who no longer plays bridge because it isn't cool--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
Three Regional Open Pairs wins (two with Kim Gilman, one with Dan Jablonski), most recently at Warwick, RI 2018; various open sectional wins.
Regular Bridge Partners
Kim Gilman, Tom Breur, Alan Frank, Harrison Luba, Dan Jablonski, Ethan Wood, Peter Matthews, Barry Margolin, Yichen Yin (after the first name, these are in no particular order)
Member of Bridge Club(s)
The Bridge Spot, Newton Bridge Club (MA)
Favorite Tournaments
Favorite Conventions
Fit-showing jumps, XYZ, splinters (including splimits), cooperative doubles
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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ATF, no not THAT ATF. Assess the futility.
I foresaw this comment and decided to limit the choices to two ;)
ATF, no not THAT ATF. Assess the futility.
clubs were 3-3
ATF, no not THAT ATF. Assess the futility.
As the perpetrator of the West bids, I will explain my thinking (or lack thereof). 2 pretty much forced by system (3NT=13-15). 3 vs. 3 (this was a really bad idea). Imagining partner to be 5431 (Or even 5521) I wanted to be in slam if ...
ATF, no not THAT ATF. Assess the futility.
Two out of three ain't bad. It was the diamonds that spoiled the fun ;)
ATF, no not THAT ATF. Assess the futility.
An immediate response of 3NT would be 13-15.
ATF, no not THAT ATF. Assess the futility.
Tell us how you really feel ;)
ATF, no not THAT ATF. Assess the futility.
The lead was a trump. But, surprise surprise when they got in with a diamond, they found the spade switch ;(
ATF, no not THAT ATF. Assess the futility.
It was matchpoints. I'm not sure why the hand diagram didn't show that but I put it in now.
Ripped Off
You are all right. I live in a state (MA) that doesn't have additional sales tax added. BTW, in those states that do add it, does the price per gallon include the additional sales tax or not? That's really the point of my comment. Whatever kind of tax ...
Alan Frank's bidding problem: x Tx K9xxx KQTxx
I might ;) But I can't guarantee it.

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