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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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Defense is hard
If you are cashing the ace, intending to shift to a heart if partner plays the 7, then neither one of us will be running the diamond suit when partner has K973. (Although I doubt either of us will care. It's hard to see how we're beating this ...
Defense is hard
Yes, it’s normal for partner to follow with the deuce to confirm five, and the whole idea of expecting partner to make an ad hoc exception because this time you want him to makes me ill. I would never expect partner’s card on the A to be suit ...
Walter Schmid's bidding problem: 8 --- KQJT83 JT9842
I once saw Roth bid 3 in a situation like this. His partner thought it was a correction, showing the red suits. The post mortem was fun to watch.
David Libchaber's bidding problem: 832 QT97 87 KQ73
"Shows" covers a lot of territory. Especially when partner is a passed hand, I believe what he is showing is a desire for you to lead hearts, not a desire for you to bid them.
How much edge do you need to justify variance?
You can actually quantify this decision if you want. Assume your score for the session follows a normal distribution with whatever you think your expected score is as the mean. Also, choose a score as your goal that you assume would win the event most of the time. Now calculate ...
Who should 'scape whipping?
My first thought was the low heart was probably right. But now I'm not so sure. Even if partner has the heart king, you need for him to have two more tricks to beat this. If he needs two tricks outside the heart suit, isn't it likely one ...
Frances Hinden's bidding problem: 42 J53 A53 A9743
Now that we know the full deal, I must confess the danger in passing without the heart king didn't occur to me. Perhaps it should have.
Frances Hinden's bidding problem: 42 J53 A53 A9743
I can't see making 5. Can partner really have a four-loser hand for a 3 bid? On the other hand, we are probably less than even money to beat 4. So my preference would be to defend 4 undoubled, which is almost invariably the case ...
Should South find a bid with this hand?
True. The difference is, passing with a heart overcall is not an option. Passing with a spade overcall is not only an option, it can present a tactical advantage.
Should South find a bid with this hand?
Agree with David on this one. Another reason passing with the good hand makes more sense is because it leaves open the option of defending, often defending something doubled.

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