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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
15 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

British ex-pat living in Boston (MA) area. Learned bridge here originally (1980) so don't ask me about 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, I teach at Northeastern University and am a partner in a big data consulting company..


I'm also a musician (bassoonist) and yes, people, music always outranks bridge. Sorry.


I have a bridge-playing wife (Kim), a 13-yr-old son (CJ) who also plays bridge (if he's got nothing better to do) 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
(2-session) Regional Open Pairs win (with Kim Gilman), Sturbridge, MA 2012; various sectional wins.
Regular Bridge Partners
Kim Gilman, Len Aberbach, Alexander Frieden, Peter Matthews, Jan Popiel
Member of Bridge Club(s)
The Bridge Spot, Newton (MA)
Favorite Tournaments
Favorite Conventions
Fit-showing jumps, XYZ, splinters (including splimits), DSIP doubles
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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ATB: Who should have doubled ?
East COULD have doubled. West SHOULD have doubled.
There are still two unclaimed suits and we're only at the two-level. I can't see any reason why either of these situations should be penalty. It might (emphasis on might) be different if 1NT was non-forcing but even then, I think takeout-orientation is best.
How do you play 3D here?
As others have eloquently put it, the rules of bridge (and your system) require you to bid something. No other bid describes your hand. Therefore what's left is 3. I think it's alertable (isn't fourth-suit-forcing always alertable) because its primary purpose is not to offer diamonds ...
Adam Parrish's bidding problem: A62 KQT5 5 AK953
Tough problem! Btw, it’s great that we can comment from the app now.
How to continue?
Thanks for your votes and comments. My purpose in asking these questions was to find out what's "normal." It seems to me that when you lead T in either a side suit, or partner's suit, there is a strong supposition by partner that you are leading a doubleton ...
How to continue?
Well, maybe I should have stated the SP scheme. But I thought that was almost universal, and that, without specific information to the contrary, I'd assume "normal" SP. Would it have made any difference (in Q 2) if declarer's second card had been the J instead of the ...
How to continue?
Richard, I put in two "others." Were neither of them appropriate to you? Later edit: now there are three.
In the Well: Adam and Zach Grossack
Great city--period, Kevin :) Sports is just the icing on the cake!
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: 7 KQT93 QT2 AKJ8
I should indeed have bid as Ben says above. After the 3 and 3 bids, I think 4 is the most descriptive as it should imply shortness in spades and help in diamonds. I'm pretty sure we'd have reached our slam then (and probably after ...
How Low Can You Go?
I sometimes find myself looking at a card such as this one (e.g. 46%) and am baffled how it can be so bad when we got so many "tops". I'm still trying to figure out why achieving or beating par can earn so few matchpoints ;)

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