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Esko Pikataival
Esko Pikataival
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 10, 2011
Last Seen
6 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
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, but not limited to, 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
ACBL Ranking
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MI (?) Ruling
The catch created by the EBU regulation is that by not alerting, North has vouched: a) North-South have an agreement of the meaning of 3 b) South has promised long spades With the stipulations above, South made a misbid and needs to suffer the consequences. The root cause was ...
MI (?) Ruling
There is an authoritative statement that pass or correct call is treated as natural
MI (?) Ruling
I think that there's one piece of information missing viz. did North alert 3. If he did not, by the same EBU regulations, he vouched that North-South have an agreement about the meaning of 3 over X=T/O. If North did not alert, the root cause ...
MI (?) Ruling
What is the EBU alert regulation regarding calls with no agreement?
Hasta la vista, visa?
Maybe the tournaments should be organized in such countries, which grant visas to people with different political opinions, different religion or different skin color. Shouldn't this be one of the options?
Class of player
Good players should be good claimers! It's not too much to demand that declarer states something along "safety play" or "100%" related to diamond handling.
Free bid after a support redouble
In my partnerships, pass in C simply means that you got us here, now get us out; penalty pass applies only after solo redouble and here both opponents have bid and established at least 7 card fit. Pass shows a hand where advancer doesn't have spade preference; I would ...
Forcing or not?
One of my basic principles is that taking out undoubled 3NT to 4m shows slam interest. Here East is a passed hand but 3NT might still show a good hand with interest to penalize 2. West should not X 2 with 0-3-4-6 or similar pattern without very good ...
Plan the play in 6!h
I think that the first critical point was at trick one. I would have gone up with the Q just in case the lead was from 9872 (something that bitter experience once taught me). Once you failed to steal the diamond (not surprisingly, as your hand was completely open), there ...
Theory vs Practice
If the declarer follows the fixed strategy of playing to the Q having played to the K, the defender scores all Ax and loses AJ. Can the defender do better with a mixed strategy with Ax? The answer, AFAIU, is no, because the declarer can still counter with the same ...

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