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Esko Pikataival
Esko Pikataival
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Member Since
Aug. 10, 2011
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about me

I have represented my country in our national team multiple times. I have been a member/chairman in our national laws committee (tasks including the supervision of translation of laws 2007 and 2017).


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Finishing a slam board in a restroom with my screenmate Peter Schaltz without involving the other side of the screen at all. See
BBO Username
bagman, epika
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What is your lead and why?
Assuming that North is not completely desperate, s/he is bidding to make. There is a certain convention available in case North holds something like AKQJ AKQJxxx x x so one should assume that it is not the case. How about AKQJ AKQJxxx Kx void? This is possible but unlikely ...
Now and Then
Edited: That scenario might take place if RHO has xxx in clubs and xx in spades and QTxx in hearts or singleton heart and xxx in spades. After the failed club finesse, you cash the K, a high club from dummy and discard a spade on the A. If hearts ...
Implications Of Asking
The laws are clear and contradictory in this kind of situation. Law 20 allows you to ask. However law 16 warns that asking may create UI. Law 20 also explicitly forbids asking to help partner or to elicit an incorrect explanation. In an ideal case, you could just stealthily glimpse ...
ATB - Failure to take control or Failure to bid his hand.
@John Portwood A slam try is a two way street. Once East makes a slam try, West has authorization to drive to slam with fitting cards; otherwise East should not have made the try. In some sequences the "slam try" is, from East's perspective, forcing to 6 and looking ...
ATB - Failure to take control or Failure to bid his hand.
West should have bid the slam, but as it went, East should have bid 5 instead of 5. Once West hears a 55 slam try without a diamond control, he can be pretty sure that the worst case scenario is to take the finesse for a fast ...
Discussing Status of a Swiss or KO Match With Pard During the Match
Law 16A2: "Players may also take account of their estimate of their own score, of the traits of their opponents, and any requirement of the tournament regulations." This does not allow undisclosed partnership agreements but allows players to use judgement based on their estimate of their own score. IMO, the ...
Non-comparable call question.
Venn diagram for comparable calls: The following case shows the marginally comparable call: Offender passes on partner's turn to call. Partner opens 1 and offender bids 1NT (marginally comparable). In most cases the call stays comparable, but the boundary ...
Best name for this squeeze
Bridge World August 2018 Swiss match spoiler alert! Similar squeeze was presented in one of the problems in Bridge World August 2018 Swiss match; it was a defensive problem and as in all vice squeezes, the defense is to keep winners and throw losers i.e. keep a long card ...
Best name for this squeeze
IMO, the squeeze belongs to the vice family. Reverse vice sounds like a proper designation. My understanding of vice is that the stuff between the low menace and the high menace gets crushed.
Best name for this squeeze
This looks like vice to me. Give West QJ and South the K of hearts the position would be essentially the same as in vice except the two card menace would be reversed. The basic matching vice position would be ..... .....Q9 ..... .....T ......... JT.......A86 ......... A........ .....2 .....2 ..... .....J West needs ...

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