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Phillip Martin
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July 12, 2011
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about me

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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Diamond Life Master
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Leading low from a doubleton in trumps
Robert Ewen's book on Opening Leads suggests leading second highest when leading trumps on opening lead (even with touching cards). He even makes it sound as though that was standard practice, although I have never seen that suggestion anywhere else. But technical needs always override carding agreements. In the ...
Peter Lipp's bidding problem: 52 QJT8542 J92 7
Once I passed on the first round, I committed myself to passing now. Bidding hearts now shows a different hand.
Francisco Montes de Oca's bidding problem: T9x AQ9 9xx KJ9x
If I bid 6 on this auction, partner should bid 7 just to show me what it feels like.
Rajeev Jog's bidding problem: Q8643 7 A AJT962
A reverse is a new-suit bid that takes the auction one level higher should partner show a preference to your first suit. Since, at this point, we cannot play clubs below the 3-level, 2 does not raise the level of bidding and is not a reverse.
Rajeev Jog's bidding problem: AK94 --- T9843 AQ86
I would not play 3 as forcing. I don't think you should have to pass 2NT when you expect it to go down and expect 3 of minor to make. You can bid 3 to suggest NT might not be the right strain for game.
Gabriel Carrasco's bidding problem: --- AKQT973 8 QJ764
If I was considering bidding over 4 unilaterally, I would start with 2. Surely I would be better placed to make that decision after discovering whether they actually want to bid 4 or were pushed. You don't want to plan the auction so that you are ...
Mark Jones's bidding problem: KJ53 Q98764 KT9 ---
You don't HAVE to abstain. There is a best answer independent of whether you would have opened 1 yourself.
How do you interpret this double?
I've never in my 50 years of playing bridge held a hand where, without the opponents having found a fit, I was willing to ask partner to bid at the 2-level when I wasn't willing to ask him to bid at the 1-level.
Transfers Or not ?
I don't understand the statement. First of all, did he or she mean transfers in general or transfers in a particular auction? Second, why "in modern bridge"? Does that mean bridge has evolved in a such a way that transfers might have been a good idea at one time ...
Michael Kopera's bidding problem: --- 72 KQ964 KQ8754
Not everyone.

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