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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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Diamond Life Master
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A Close Decision at IMPs
As usual, rather than calculate percentages, it is easier (and only slightly less accurate) simply to count the cases where each play succeeds and the other fails. The heart finesse is necessary if the heart king is doubleton onside and clubs don't split. Clubs will not split roughly 2 ...
What is the weaker call?
It depends on what you mean by "weakest." Both are weak. But pass shows better defense than offense and 3 shows the opposite.
Rohit Gupta's bidding problem: 964 84 AQ765 K32
I approve of the double, by the way. I know some like to play double promises four spades; others, it denies four spades. My own preference is neither. It just shows support for the unbid suits.
Percentage play to find the Queen in 6!H?
The rest of the bidding is ittrelevsnt to the play? It’s always relevant. I’ll be happy to answer if you give me the rest of the auction, but I’m not going to answer blind.
Forcing or Not?
This should be a four-card heart suit and logically forcing since I have no reason to believe hearts is a playable spot. With longer hearts, if I had a good enough hand to bid now, I would have bid 2 on the previous round,
Emanuel Evacic's bidding problem: KJ2 K963 AJ5 T98
I've raised on better hands than this, and it hasn't been right yet.
How do you know what to do?
Edited - I changed my mind. King and nine of spades should work. If partner can't run five spades and holds the Q, he should find a heart shift.
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: K83 K64 --- KQT8742
One of the many reasons you should bid 2 on the second round. Now, over 2NT, you can bid 3.
Trick two problem
Interesting. On your shift, the jack of spades becomes the setting trick. After Michael's jack of spades shift, the jack of clubs becomes the setting trick.
Tommy Cho's bidding problem: T943 J63 AK43 65
If partner wanted my assistance at the 5-level, he would have chosen some action other than 4. He already knows what he wants to do over 5, so I should act only to suggest whatever he has in mind might be wrong. With this hand, I suspect that ...

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