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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
Nov. 12
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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Are Reverses “Off” in a 2/1 auction?
I believe there are two major schools of thought here: "shapist" and "pointist". Your poll doesn't clearly distinguish between those (no reason it should, it's your poll, not mine). So I think you'll get a lot of people picking the closest to their thinking. Almost nobody requires ...
Do Support and Maximal Doubles Mix?
After a support double, I think all calls should be "natural/to play" including double. However, in this auction, we know that doubler can't have four hearts so he must have extras with 4342, 4333, or perhaps 4324. So, I believe it belongs to that fourth, often forgotten, class ...
What to continue?
Yes, this is the hand where the K is the right switch. I didn't find it at the table. Our teammates were also (unsuccessfully) defending a part-score (3, I think) so we lost six IMPs. Afterwards, I began to think that, at IMPs, there wasn't much down ...
“Never preempt over a preempt”...what’s the intuition? (If you agree)
Many good comments by others already. But look at it this way: you and partner need to have an agreement about this. Unless you have a special discussion about something, you would normally stick to "standard" practice. In this case, standard practice is that if you jump over a preempt ...
What to continue?
That might indeed be an interesting poll. But it isn't this poll :)
Revoke Question
I believe that part of the issue here is that the OP asks two separate questions but only gives us one opportunity to answer. I answered the question that was posed immediately before the poll. I did not address any question of automatic penalties (the first question).
What kind of event was this where the other nine tables were all in exactly 6NT? Nobody in game, nobody else in 6, and nobody in a grand.
Revoke Question
West did not win the first revoke trick but his side did win a subsequent trick so that's one trick to N/S. However, West revoked again, and this time he did win the trick. So that's a two-trick penalty.
A better rating system
Monty, do you have any evidence that Chris' PR are "pretty much the same" as the NGS? That's not my impression at all. I believe the PR is deeply flawed for several reasons, including the ones cited by Dan Jablonski. What particularly makes me laugh is the fact that ...
David Stevenson's lead problem: AQ53 J853 K A862
Great minds think alike. Or should we add Fools never differ ;)

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