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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
July 16
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
Three Regional Open Pairs wins (two with Kim Gilman, one with Dan Jablonski), most recently at Warwick, RI 2018; various open sectional wins.
Regular Bridge Partners
Kim Gilman, Tom Breur, Alan Frank, Harrison Luba, Dan Jablonski, Ethan Wood, Peter Matthews, Barry Margolin, Yichen Yin (after the first name, these are in no particular order)
Member of Bridge Club(s)
The Bridge Spot, Newton Bridge Club (MA)
Favorite Tournaments
Favorite Conventions
Fit-showing jumps, XYZ, splinters (including splimits), cooperative doubles
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Ruling Question
(1) Supposing that East really wasn't sure of their agreement and knowingly quoted an agreement that they didn't actually have and then (2) compounded the problem by taking a very questionable call based, perhaps (as suggested above) on his partner's reaction to the explanation, then (3) it ...
How would you rule?
Wow, this post has generated so much discussion! I'm a bit (actually, quite a lot) embarrassed to find that I made such an idiotic comment in the very early days of this discussion. There have been so many good comments by Michael Rosenberg, Kit Woolsey, Frances Hinden, Steve Bloom ...
Sergiu Covaliu's bidding problem: AQ832 Q QT AQ876
Why didn’t I bid 2S last time around?
How do you play responder's second double?
Barry, I wouldn't put it in quite the same way ("how much defense do you need to pass?"). The question should be do I have any undisclosed offensive assets? A sixth heart (or very good hearts) is such an asset. A four card spade suit or diamond suit would ...
How would you rule?
It seems to me that South forgot to play bridge after opening 2. While doubling 4 isn't guaranteed to work out well (could be -790), NOT doubling 4H is likely to result in something worse. I'm reminded of the expression: He who lives by the sword ...
Robin Hillyard's lead problem: KT6 643 T954 T94
Having said that, it might be a little too dangerous to double even if we do want a heart lead (we kind of expect one, anyway). The double could be re-wound to our detriment.
Robin Hillyard's lead problem: 93 JT962 AT4 AT3
That's hilarious, Ben. I'd better not mention the name of the person holding your hand ;) However, I will point out that we are in the best spot. Correct defense will earn us an unassailable top.
Robin Hillyard's lead problem: KT6 643 T954 T94
I believe it would have meant: "I really want you to lead hearts."
What is the correct TD decision and why?
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: --- A542 AK96543 53
You're all probably wondering what the story is here. This seems so obvious. Well, what I didn't tell you is that West is a "Junior." There are a couple of things about Juniors. They love to open 5-card weak twos; they love to double, mostly but not always ...

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