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Phillip Martin
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Phillip Martin lives in Scarsdale, New York. He is the Chief Technology Officer for Gargoyle Strategic Investments in Englewood, New Jersey. He is also a composer, currently serving as Composer-in-Residence for Hartford Opera Theater. While he retired from tournament play some twenty years ago to pursue other interests, he has remained active in bridge as a writer, contributing occasional articles to The Bridge World and Bridge Today and publishing a bridge blog, The Gargoyle Chronicles.

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ROTS: Your Lead from !SA85 !HJ943 !DKJ9642 !C --
Michael, I agree with you about problem bias. I once tried to come up with a set of hands for a par contest where a number of deals had attractive but wrong solutions. In other words, deals where an experienced problem-solver would say, "Aha! A Merrimac coup!' and promptly toss ...
ROTS: Your Lead from !SA85 !HJ943 !DKJ9642 !C --
This does not seem at all unsolvable to me, even though I didn't solve it. We know declarer's only source of tricks is hearts, and it is possible that two heart leads will kill dummy's only entry. Further, perhaps a trump lead is unlikely to be necessary ...
Mimi Bieber's bidding problem: T5 74 AKQT9532 2
Not exactly. He's expecting the diamond deuce to be in a different suit.
Defending Flannery
In general, the double to show a strong balanced hand works well only against artificial bids, because it is unlikely the contract is playable for the opponents. If you double a Flannery 2 and partner has nothing to bid, he can just pass. When the opponents might play the ...
Neil Silverman's bidding problem: --- T3 A9854 AT8543
4NT in these auctions should be a 5 bid with club tolerance to cater to the possibility that partner had to double offshape. Partner is expected to bid 5 over 4NT anytime he has at least three diamonds. With this hand you just bid 5, which is ...
Dire Straits: CAN you be a Swing Sultan?
Always playing the 10 is probably a bad idea, since it permits declarer a strategy that does better than the Nash equilibrium.
Dire Straits: CAN you be a Swing Sultan?
"Throw the Yule log on Uncle John."
Lauritz Streck's bidding problem: QJ765 J4 AQ5 QT4
How about 2, followed by 3NT over 2 but 3 Smolen over 2? That gets us to a 5-3 spade fit if partner is 3-3 or 3-2 in the majors and may stop the heart lead against 3NT when he's 2-3.
Dire Straits: CAN you be a Swing Sultan?
Q1. I can't possibly answer with the information you have supplied. Q2. No. The relevant holdings are KQ10, KQ8, K108, and Q108 onside. If all these holdings are equally likely from the auction and the defense so far, then I can pick up half of them either by cashing ...
I agree with bidding 3. But pass is a logical alternative, so, without screens, the contract should be rolled back to 3. I don't understand why their should be any adjustment, however, with screens. As Giovanni points out above, for all we know, West was thinking of ...

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