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Phillip Martin
Phillip Martin
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Member Since
July 12, 2011
Last Seen
April 5
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Bridge Writer
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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Ethical or not?
Why would it be unethical, in the absence of unauthorized information, to choose a bid or play that you think improves your chances of winning the event?
Omar Olgeirsson's bidding problem: 6 7643 J732 Q963
Ira Rubin would be horrified at all the passes.
Phillip Martin's lead problem: J853 Q974 Q63 85
I have no recollection of posting this problem and no clue why I posted it. I presume I had some weird theory about what the right opening lead was. But we'll never know.
Trick 3
I'm dummy. At trick three, I'll play whatever partner instructs me to play.
Bidding majors with 4-4 after 1NT
You're arguing against the converse of what I said.
Bidding majors with 4-4 after 1NT
For it to be right to bid over an opponent's 1NT at IMPs, you need to take at least two tricks more in a suit contract than you can take in notrump. That is unlikely to be the case when your hand is balanced. Look at it this way ...
Phillip Martin's bidding problem: K93 QT987 KQT64 ---
I’m surprised 2 is the plurality choice. I thought the choice was between 2 and pass. Surely pass is right unless you have a game. If you aren’t going to try for game, why not just defend?
Sleeping on the couch, again
Isn't the club king at trick two better than the diamond king?
Tommy Cho's bidding problem: T943 J63 AK43 65
Doubling is more than a suggestion.
Michael Kopera's bidding problem: 95 96 KJ863 A984
I have no reason to believe the opponents have 8 spades. I have no reason to believe we have a 9-card fit. I have no expectation of making a game. I suppose one could bid anyway on the principle that it's painful to go through an entire auction without ...

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