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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
4 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
Four regional, open, two-session wins (three pairs and one Swiss), most recently at Warwick, RI 2019; various open sectional wins.
Regular Bridge Partners
Dan Jablonski, Ethan Wood, Harrison Luba, Kim Gilman, Barry Margolin, Alan Frank,Peter Matthews.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
The Bridge Spot, Newton Bridge Club (MA)
Favorite Tournaments
Warwick, RI; Nashua NH; NABCs.
Favorite Conventions
Fit-showing jumps, XYZ, splinters (including splimits), cooperative doubles
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Ethical Or Not?
I think the point of Barry's comment (forgive me if I'm wrong) is that OP made two questionable actions: first was not to alert an alertable bid; second was to use his partner's gesture, tempo, mannerism, etc.--i.e. UI--in determining his own action. Now, why does ...
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: AT64 98642 AJ7 3
A little background to this question. The voting currently stands at Double: 16, Pass: 21. After a slow start, double is catching up. The auction ended at 5CX and the result was down 2 (although, double-dummy it could be down 1). Indeed, the par result is 5CX-1 (or 5DX-1) as ...
An alternative Alerting Policy
I think he means the four suits, seven numbers, pass, double, redouble and no-trump.
An alternative Alerting Policy
Why these particular doubles? Having exceptions defeats the purpose of the OP. All doubles are potentially surprising to some people.
An alternative Alerting Policy
I hadn't really spotted that one, Barry. You're right, although your reaction is OTT as usual, IMHO. After an opening that shows a balanced hand in a certain range, it's reasonable to expect a suit bid at the two-level to be "to play" (non-forcing). I think the ...
Barry Plotkin's bidding problem: A9 AKQx A9xxx Qx
Richard, interesting. I'm constantly learning about bridge in my old country. I've played in the UK many times but didn't know this one. In any case, Barry is from the USA (although it would always be best if people put their RA in the OP).
Atb on a missed slam
I think the title of this poll is a bit misleading. The problem here isn't that E/W didn't bid slam. The problem is that they didn't bid game (or even double). It looks like they're +100 when 600 is there for the taking. Yes, the ...
Jack Donaghue's lead problem: K85 K9543 AQ93 Q
3 would have been more descriptive and, if we still end up defending 3, I would feel better about leading a club. As it is, I'm just leading a low heart.
NABC Bulletins, Do They Need to Be as They Are?
I don't get to a lot of NABCs but have reported a few hands over the years, including one at Las Vegas. While the process wasn't onerous, I do think that the ACBL could positively encourage more articles. I'm not sure what this piece of paper you ...
Chekhov's Rifle
Surely there can't be two Pepsis ;) Or Kranyaks?

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