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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
Feb. 17
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 meaning of demonstrably?
Thanks for all the comments. I was not a party to this situation but I heard about it from someone who was. I do not know what the hesitator’s hand was but I do know that opener bid 5D, got doubled and went down two. Since the NOS was ...
What is the meaning of demonstrably?
I don't know the class of the N/S players involved, at least not for sure. But I suspect that you are right. I'm pretty sure that they wouldn't be bidding a "flexible" double, or 4NT to show both minors (as suggested by some commenters).
What is the meaning of demonstrably?
The point was to understand the meaning of "demonstrably" by way of a real-life example. The options given are as they are supposed to be. You're free to create your own poll, of course.
What is the meaning of demonstrably?
Better than saying "I am not a crook"
What is the meaning of demonstrably?
Weak jump shift in competition. I will make that clearer.
Point of No Return
UI or not?
I notice that you voted "No" in the poll. That seems to be in conflict with your answer here. Can you elucidate?
Director ruling
Indeed, I had not noticed Bill Jacobs' comment (or your objections). In Peter Winkler's version (IIRC), your follow-up bid would be entered automatically for you. In non-electronic versions, the logistics might be a bit trickier but the obligation would remain).
Director ruling
Cases like this would be easier if there was an option for a player (South in this case) to do something--invisible to his own partner--that says "I'm bidding on over a slow response." In this case, South would be saying that he's always playing slam no matter what ...
Unfortunate Result
I see that nobody voted for the non-existent pass. It was the call that should have been made a couple of times, though.

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