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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
7 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
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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Drop/pitch versus finesse
David, thanks for your detailed analysis. This is went above and beyond. So, my "pretty close" to 50% was not very close. My calculations were off. And my bidding was not that great. Do I deserve any better than a "C"?
Drop/pitch versus finesse
Interesting notion, Steve. I have noticed them occasionally flying in such a situation but probably not enough to justify making a habit of it.
Kieran Dyke's bidding problem: A6 75 KJ4 AQJ964
3: control in support of diamonds (the "Marcus acceptance").
Drop/pitch versus finesse
No, I didn't have anything like this kind of accuracy at the "table". It was a timed robot tournament so I didn't have infinite time, although I could have spent a lot longer on this one board. All I had was a feeling that the probability of my ...
Drop/pitch versus finesse
Yes, thank you. This is the sort of insight I was hoping for. Figuring ALL this out at the table is hard (!).
Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)
Nice to hear from you, Robert :)
Forcing to what?
Mike, this raises an interesting point--one that actually arose recently in another hand. I believe the issue is this: after partner opens with 1z, a cue-bid of an enemy overcall of 1y or 2y (viz. 2y or 3y) is forcing to 3z; whereas after partner overcalls 1z with 1y or ...
Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)
This one has intrusive but helpful words/translation (otherwise the same as your second link):
Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)
Yes, but like opera (I'm a big fan), you just can't translate the words into English and retain the poetry :)
Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)
Oh yes, I certainly have :) But when he's on form (and not too disgruntled by my ineptitude) he's just so much fun to play with!

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