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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
June 16
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 also a very popular and successful bridge teacher, a 16-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
Two (2-session) Regional Open Pairs win (with Kim Gilman), most recently at our Nation's Capital Regional (2017); various sectional wins.
Regular Bridge Partners
Kim Gilman, Alan Frank, Jonathan Baumel, Harrison Luba, Peter Matthews, Jan Popiel
Member of Bridge Club(s)
The Bridge Spot, Newton Bridge Club (MA)
Favorite Tournaments
Favorite Conventions
Fit-showing jumps, XYZ, splinters (including splimits), DSIP doubles
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Bridge= Math?
Agree 100%. A little bit of logic and probability is a far cry from "math" which conjures up images of statistics, calculus, trigonometry, etc.Not the way to entice kids!
Upright citizen
Michael, I didn't want to give too many options. I apparently did leave off quite a few reasonable choices.
Upright citizen
I did consider making this a general article because of the complication of too many possible poll options.
Upright citizen
Craig, I might have done that with the 9. But my highest card other than the K was the 7. I wasn't at all sure that that was high enough to be obvious.
Upright citizen
Actually, I was 4045 but you are close. Yes, I was the "upright citizen." The problem was that my four diamonds were babies. They had to get ruffs otherwise they were useless. The K was indeed meant to be noticed as highly unusual.
Upright citizen
Well, actually I may have inadvertently misled you. The GLM was the 4D bidder. The "bridge bid" of 2NT was setting your partner up for -300.
Upright citizen
Three or four. You can't tell really. But it has to be more (or at least equal) to their number of clubs.Have you noticed anything else? Lame sheep, perhaps?
Upright citizen
Perhaps, like Sherlock Holmes, I can offer up a clue, a bit like the strange behavior of the dog in the night time. Why is North silent and then so willing to make a free "raise" of a balancing bid with 4 (having probably only three or four diamonds)?
Ruling question regarding an unalerted jump cuebid
I changed my vote to 980 once I read Michael's argument. I was at first a bit curious why South didn't bid 7C. He, after all, did know that there were no cashing clubs. On the other hand, he didn't know that North didn't know that ...
Barry Plotkin's bidding problem: Q42 2 AJ8 AT9876
As Sabine Auken says, 2 over 1 has so much preemptive value that you should strain to bid it ;)

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