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Phillip Martin
Phillip Martin
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July 12, 2011
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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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Andrew Sinclair's bidding problem: A 3 AQJT976 KT73
I'm surprised at the votes for 4. Doesn't that show the same hand with the black suits reversed?
Off the rails again
Usually cue-bids in suits partner has bid show high cards, not shortness, since that is more apt to be what partner wants to hear (i.e., he wants to know whether his suit represents a source of tricks or not). Accordingly, I don't see any way you can find ...
Ron Lel's bidding problem: ATxx AKxx x AKxx
Supporting spades cheaply will suggest you bid 4th suit as a probe for the right strain. You need to jump in spades to make it clear that you have good support and, therefore, that the reason you went through fourth suit was that your hand was too good for a ...
Ronald Kalf's bidding problem: J52 T9865 KJ3 75
If partner has a doubleton diamond, he'll reopen. If he doesn't, it's surely better to defend.
Bob Heitzman's bidding problem: K KQ9543 KT42 AJ
Annoying? Why assume partner has made a mistake? Wouldn't it be more annoying if he failed to describe his hand by bidding 2NT when he held precisely what 3NT shows?
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: J5 K75 764 Q8752
Why invite people to abstain? I would not have passed, but I'm willing to accept a pass for the sake of the problem. Do you really want me not to answer?
Benoit Lessard's bidding problem: KJT K98xx --- AKT8x
Bidding 4 says I know what to do over 5 and don't need partner's cooperation. So I do whatever I previously decided I knew to do.
Hamish Brown's bidding problem: A64 AKJ7 6 AQJ87
Incidentally, why didn't you poll the 3 bid? Even if I am coerced into playing lebensohl in this sequence, 3 is hardly clear. It's arguably a tougher problem than the one I face now.
Hamish Brown's bidding problem: A64 AKJ7 6 AQJ87
I avoided the trap in both polls and still don't escape the problem?
Ned Kohler's bidding problem: 86 J74 Q87 AQ753
This is one of those auctions where you can't possibly do anything right. If you pass, 4 makes and partner says, "I bid THREE times, and you won't carry on with all THAT?" If you bid 4, it goes down, and partner says, "You wouldn't ...

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