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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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Michael Moschella's bidding problem: AQ AKT98532 --- AQ5
Even if you do get a second chance, a delayed action will show primary spades. If, for example, the auction goes 1-P-1-P/2-P-P-4, partner will play you for something like 6-6 in the majors. The only way to say you are serious about hearts and only ...
Michael Moschella's bidding problem: AQ AKT98532 --- AQ5
You mean on the next board, after you defend 1 on this one?
Gerben Dirksen's bidding problem: 7 K6432 2 KJT864
I like to keep the auction low when partner makes a take-out double and I have a singleton in their suit. Partner usually has a strong, offshape double and will appreciate the opportunity to describe his hand. So I'll start with 2. I think there is virtually no ...
For those of a certain age
If I had a choice, I would prefer the new scoring had gone into affect a few years earlier. I lost the Blue Ribbon Pairs in Lancaster by failing to find a sacrifice in 7NT.
Andy Caranicas's lead problem: A3 9653 K82 T632
Agree. If I lead a high heart, partner might expect the same hand with the K instead of the K.
What does this 3!s bid mean
That works if partner happens to bid 3NT. But if he doesn't, you don't get a chance to clarify.
What does this 3!s bid mean
Whichever of 1, 2, or 3 your partnership chooses, it needs to pick one. I don't see how you can play this as ambiguous. Since there is no opportunity to clarify, if it's ambiguous, the bid is worthless.
Jenish Shah's bidding problem: KJ2 Q8 Q742 J954
I make the same call I would make without that narrative—or with any other narrative in its place.
Thomas Berg's bidding problem: AQT75 A62 Q6 QT8
Pass. Rivera's rule.
What would you have done?
What would the player's memo say exactly? This player bid his hand more conservatively than I would?

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