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Phillip Martin
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July 12, 2011
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July 14
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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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How and when do you try for slam - or don't you?
Multiple choice answers should partition the universe.
Simple Game
“Suppose declarer's shape is 2-5-1-5 with Qx of spades. If you return a trump, when you get in you can lead another trump, and declarer will be unable to avoid the loss of a club trick. However, if you lead back a spade and partner fails to find a ...
Craig Zastera's bidding problem: K84 AJ2 AKQT A84
Four of a major is usually the better game when most of the high cards are in one hand. The lack of communication makes 3NT problematic. Even if your hearts were AQx instead of AJx, it's probably right to play in the major. Partner averages less than half the ...
Declarer Play problem - second session qualifier - Goldman pairs
Since I'm probably going to have to guess diamonds to make this, I might as well play them now. Playing them now has two ways to win: (1) It's possible I can't afford to lose the lead twice. Playing diamonds now is the only way to avoid ...
What did you guys defined this double ?
I agree with the symmetry argument when the choices are "takeout" or "penalty," but I don't think there is anything wrong with playing "co-operative" in one position and something else in the other. It certainly makes little sense to play "co-operative" from both sides of the table.
What did you guys defined this double ?
Multiple choice answers should partition the universe.
A Fortunate Error
I can’t say for sure. But perhaps East decided his partner would have played the x from Ax42? That means I made another error. I should have concealed the 3 when I ducked.
A Fortunate Error
I agree it's likely my play didn't matter. But "surely" is an overbid, so it's still an error. Look at it this way: If I said, "I led a heart honor and West ducked," you might shake your head in disgust. But wouldn't you be fairly ...
Question for the matchpoint mavens
And, as is almost always the case when they forget to include "other," that's my choice.
What do you say if anything?
If it's not a matter of partnership agreement and partner doesn't ask your opinion, you never say anything.

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