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Phillip Martin
Phillip Martin
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Member Since
July 12, 2011
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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.

United States of America

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ACBL Ranking
Diamond Life Master
Your thought process?
I don't "see" hands at all, since I'm not a visual person. I can't, for example, visualize a chess board. I need to be staring at one to analyze a position. I'm not sure how to describe how I retain bridge hands in my RAM (so ...
Simon Weinberger's bidding problem: K984 T73 T74 654
I trust both. Nothing partner has done is inconsistent with his having four spades. A double of 1 would have been a 3-suit take-out. True, with 4-3-1-5, he could have bid 1S over 1H to show four spades with primary clubs. But if his hand is more defensive than ...
Simon Weinberger's bidding problem: K984 T73 T74 654
Partner must have four spades. There is no way to distribute six spades between the opponents based on their bidding.
How light can your 1M responses to 1D be?
None, but I would phrase the reason differently. This hand is below the minimum for a pass when non-vul.
Is this restricted choice? (WBF junior finals, board 11)
No. Restricted choice doesn't assume the opponents play 50-50 from equals. All it assumes is that we don't know what they would play from equals.
Is this restricted choice? (WBF junior finals, board 11)
Counting initial cases as Kit does eliminates the necessity of worrying about what your opponent would play with various holdings. Remember that "restricted choice" is nothing more than a way of explaining a blind spot people often have in these situations. It's not a reliable tool for analyzing a ...
Simon Weinberger's bidding problem: K984 T73 T74 654
A trump is unlikely to be the right lead. Assuming declarer can't have four spades and partner can't have five, dummy is marked with a doubleton. So declarer has only one ruff available, and you probably can't stop it.
Simon Weinberger's bidding problem: K984 T73 T74 654
It sounds as if dummy is 2-4-3-4 and partner is 4-4-1-4 or 4-3-1-5. My first thought was to pass. I suspect that's best double dummy, but I probably have to guess the right suit to lead to beat it, namely whichever round suit I need to lead through dummy ...
Ethics Problem
If this is a Jeopardy-style multiple choice problem, I need to see the answer before I can choose the proper question.
Gerben Dirksen's bidding problem: 7 K6432 2 KJT864
I agree with Ian. "2NT showing the lowest 2 unbid suits" is a fine choice. "2NT, showing the lowest 2 unbid suits," however, I would have to take issue with.

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