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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
41 minutes 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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What is the correct TD decision and why?
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: --- A542 AK96543 53
You're all probably wondering what the story is here. This seems so obvious. Well, what I didn't tell you is that West is a "Junior." There are a couple of things about Juniors. They love to open 5-card weak twos; they love to double, mostly but not always ...
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: J653 T854 2 KT98
No, you can bet your bottom dollar that West has fewer than three hearts.
Life is really a lot simpler if you follow this rule: once a natural notrump has been bid in competition by either side, all doubles are penalty. Now, that wasn't so hard, was it ;)
2!C openers on BBO
In the first hand, the robot bid 4. In the second hand, the robot bid 3. Well, three people (over two hands) agreed with the robot so you can't say he was completly off base ;) These were boards 1 and 2 of a 12-board robot tournament. I ...
Barry Plotkin's bidding problem: A9 AKQx A9xxx Qx
Reverses promise another bid (that's the traditional way) so 2 is forcing for one round and simply says I have 5+ spades. I don't have a problem with agreeing that 2 is a game force, but I don't think that would be "standard" in this ...
2!C openers on BBO
I apologize for missing 4 as an option for the first hand. I assume that most of the "something else on hand 1" votes would be for 4. So far, your votes have at least restored my faith in humanity.
2!C openers on BBO
Oops, I'm sorry I missed that one. It should have been an option of course.
Alan Frank's bidding problem: A7643 8 AJT8 J63
Is there a story here?
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: --- Q9 T76542 95432
Very droll, people :)

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