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Robin Hillyard
Robin Hillyard
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 4, 2013
Last Seen
April 23
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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What Does This Double Mean?
There are four styles of double (IMO): takeout, takeout oriented, penalty oriented, penalty. This one is penalty oriented. It says I have only three hearts, I've got a few clubs and a balanced hand at the top of my range (11-ish in this case). It expects partner to pass ...
ATB-missed slam
I love this suggestion!
ATB-missed slam
Really? This hand has THREE aces.Aces are particularly suitable for a suit contract and there's a suit contract that North seems to be interested in: 6 ;)
ATB-missed slam
I know it's the favored method, but I don't like this sequence being forcing. I prefer the notion that, when you have a game-forcing hand, you bid your suits in order of length (longest first). So, an auction like 1NT-2S*-(2NT or 3C)-3H shows longer clubs than ...
Barry Plotkin's bidding problem: KT32 A842 KT52 A
I expected this to be a unanimous 2 but there are always surprises in bridge ;)
Alan Frank's bidding problem: 52 KQ76 Q543 Q98
I think this is a close decision and either 1 or 2 are valid. Personally, I don't love my hand enough to bid 2 so it's 1 for me. Maybe I'll get a chance to "catch up" later.
Trick 1 Pause, Platinum Pairs
40B2D: "Unless the Regulating Authority provides otherwise a player is not entitled to any aids to his memory, calculation or technique during the auction period and play." Could using your cards as some sort of abacus be considered a memory aid, I wonder. I'm asking somewhat tongue-in-cheek.
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: 2 A762 KQ764 AQ9
This one is unanimous :)
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: KQ843 AKQT4 J8 7
I’m surprised at all of the passes. Have you really done your hand justice? Suppose that partner’s double is really intended as penalty (it wasn’t). How rich are we getting on it? 300? 500? Meanwhile isn’t there a good chance that partner has sufficient major suit ...
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: KQ843 AKQT4 J8 7
Would pass have been forcing? I wasn’t sure of that since 2D is only a one-round force, the auction could stop at 2S, couldn’t it? Or even 2H perhaps.

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