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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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Emily Middleton's bidding problem: 9742 63 AKQ AKJT
Four small is one of the worst holdings to have in the opponent's suit for overcalling in NT. Better to be void.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: K5 J865 J98 T742
It keeps LHO's 4 bid from being a jump. RHO might bid on if his partner's 4 bid is a jump but will give him a little leeway if it isn't.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: AKT742 J86 KQ5 T
It's even more flexible if you can pass it.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: AKT742 J86 KQ5 T
Partner will never pass 2 doubled? Then why double? If that's really the case, surely whatever meaning you attach to the double would be better handled by a different call.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: AKT742 J86 KQ5 T
3. I would double with the minors reversed, but I don't want to defend when I have a diamond fit.
Howard Sandler's bidding problem: KJ8 T3 K962 T642
In that case, I better change my answer to what I answered the first time.
Gregory Rosoff's bidding problem: --- A954 J86542 T76
You should never bypass a possible contract when you are in trouble. We have plenty of time to get to 2. Perhaps if partner bids 2 over my redouble, they won't be able to double it. If they do, then I can bid 2. (And I ...
A bidding poll with a twist
Suppose you bid 1 and LHO bids 2. RHO is now barred for one round. But if he gets a second chance, what are his obligations with respect to UI? Obviously he isn't entitled to know his partner has a 1 opening bid. But it seems ...
What is this double?
The answers should partition the universe. They should be not only exhaustive but also disjoint.
Branislav Protega's bidding problem: AK T9 K87 AQJT92
If I bid 1 over 4 last time, why wouldn't I do it again?

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