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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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Play quiz part 2
Thanks. Fixed it.
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Pitching losers from dummy and then ruffing that suit is not a theme one sees every day. I suspect for most declarers in this event, that's a technique that isn't on their radar and they simply didn't consider it as a possible line. It is also unlikely ...
Marten La Haye's bidding problem: QT954 K974 3 A85
Unless I know that 2 is artificial, I do not bid. Partner might easily make a natural, descriptive bid with a good hand.
Who should have bid more?
Why is the A onside? This was not a slam auction when West doubled 2. He was requesting a diamond lead against a potential 3NT. QJ109x seems like a perfectly good double.
Jeff Jacob's lead problem: A732 JT6 T76 KJT
We need to know what the auction means. If 4NT was interpreted as Blackwood and 6 meant to show a spade void, a low spade shouldn't hurt. But if dummy has a singleton spade, low to partner's king could set up a ruffing finesse. Personally, I wouldn ...
David Caprera's bidding problem: Axx Tx KQJxx ATx
Why shouldn't double be penalty? We've each gotten our suits into the auction, I'm behind the 2 bidder, and there is no indication either side has a fit.
Craig Biddle's lead problem: A52 J65 KQT65 63
It's usually right to go for the tap (rather than lead trumps) when declarer has a two-suiter and is playing in his shorter suit. The J rates to work better than a low one.
David Caprera's bidding problem: Axx Tx KQJxx ATx
I want to offer some encouragement, since partner might be able to bid 4. 2NT suggests I'm bidding on high cards, not a heart fit, so it's less misleading than 3.
Andrei Prodan's bidding problem: Q8752 K83 T8 764
I agree. You should bid the normal 1 and not step out on a limb with 2.
Jordan Lampe's bidding problem: 9642 QJ7 T8 QT84
You don't even know you have an 8-card spade fit. Why are you so confident of 2 making? -140 could be a perfectly normal score--even a good score if 2 goes down two undoubled, in which case doubling 3 will be very costly. And it's ...

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