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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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Eric Hamilton's bidding problem: KJ9 A9732 AKQ A6
Partner should have only four clubs for this auction. With longer clubs, if he isn't willing to defend 1NT, he should bid the previous round. (Passing with a yarborough and long clubs, hoping responder doesn't intend to sit for the forced redouble, will seldom work. Better to give ...
Double of a splinter bid
I play it is lead directing either for the suit above or for the suit below. I can never remember which.
Ben Kristensen's bidding problem: Q93 QJT7 98 QJ95
We seem to be talking about different auctions. I'm referring to the auction 1H (P) 1N (double) / P P ?.
Ben Kristensen's bidding problem: Q93 QJT7 98 QJ95
What would you do with a 3-card limit raise in hearts on this auction? Redouble seems pretty normal. And who do you think has the thirteenth heart if not LHO? Did partner double light in high cards with a doubleton, or did RHO fail to rebid his 6-card suit?
Ben Kristensen's bidding problem: Q93 QJT7 98 QJ95
I think the likeliest hand for LHO is a 3-card limit raise in hearts.
Ben Kristensen's bidding problem: Q93 QJT7 98 QJ95
One is frequently willing to defend 1NT doubled at IMPs with only moderate expectation of beating it, since -180 is not a disaster. 1NT redoubled, however, is a different matter. The risk/reward ratio has changed, and I don't thinking defending has a positive expectation. It is for this ...
Restricted choice: real life example
This isn't a restricted choice problem, but it is a real-life example of a principle of trading strategy, so perhaps you can use it. When I was small (not sure what age, but I wasn't in school yet), my uncle took a coin out of his pocket and ...
Bad falsecard?
Yes. If your possible holdings are not equally likely, it might be necessary to adopt a mixed strategy. For example, if for some reason or other you are 40% to have AKxx and 30% each to have AJxx or KJxx, then, if declarer knows you will always play the king ...
Bad falsecard?
It doesn't matter what declarer thinks. That's the point. He can't do better than 2 wins out of 3. That's true whether you are in "statistics class" or at the table.
Bad falsecard?
You may be correct that, if you always play a certain a card, a good declarer will pick up on this fact over time. Even so, your conclusion that you must randomize does not follow. Let's take the case of holding AKxx in front of declarer's Q10x after ...

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