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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
14 hours ago
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 also a very popular and successful bridge teacher, a 16-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
Two (2-session) Regional Open Pairs win (with Kim Gilman), most recently at our Nation's Capital Regional (2017); various sectional wins.
Regular Bridge Partners
Kim Gilman, Alan Frank, Jonathan Baumel, Harrison Luba, Peter Matthews, Jan Popiel
Member of Bridge Club(s)
The Bridge Spot, Newton Bridge Club (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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What is this double?
I agree that "clearly..." is an overbid. I think Steve Moese has it right: almost certainly (3/4)=4=2 shape with sufficient points that we know it is "our" hand (should be at least 23 total if we want to avoid costly accidents).
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: A965 T2 K KJT832
This looked like a hand for a preemptive 3NT to me. Maybe we would make. Maybe they can make 3 (or even 4) or a partial in diamonds. Who knew? I also wasn't 100% sure at the time that 3 was as I've written here ...
Shouldn't Garozzo be in the ACBL Hall of Fame?
Halls of fame are a distinctly American concept.
Alexander Frieden's bidding problem: 97 AT74 AKT53 QT
Juniors never have seven cards for this bid and if they do, they are tram tickets ;)
I think this is what Marion is asking about.
I was thinking more like 3244 or even 3235 (that one a bit more risky). Of course, if you have a rule that says you have to open this 1, then the penalty situation might never come up (as you point out). Maybe in this case it's better ...
I think this is what Marion is asking about.
Simple rule (for me, anyway): after a support double everything is "to play". Responder was happy to defend 2 therefore the final double has to be penalty-oriented. With a weak distributional hand, South will take it out.
John Vega's bidding problem: Jxxxx x xxxxx xx
Wouldn’t 4D also be a mild slam invitation?
Too controversial for the NABC Daily Bulletin
Fill in the blank
Or, as we might have said in England (when there were such people): You must have been a twinkle in the milkan's eye before January 1, 1959, to qualify to play in ACBL Senior events."
Dummy's Rights
This is one of the least understood laws in the book. Even by directors!

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