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Phillip Martin
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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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While I don't care for 2, I don't care for 3 either. Even if 3 promises a club fit (which, by a passed hand, it does as I play), there is no point in bidding it if you aren't willing to pass when partner ...
Ruling: Unsolicited play by dummy on the twelfth trick
I don't think I've ever seen this before. When dummy plays a card unsolicited, it always seems to be the right one.
Gregory Nowak's lead problem: 94 Q763 T82 Q753
I rejected a trump lead because I thought West was unlikely to bid 4 with a singleton diamond, so a trump lead would be productive only if partner had the ace. But a heart lead after partner's failure to double is so unlikely to work anyway, perhaps we ...
David Liu's bidding problem: 872 7 AKQT53 Q74
It's hard to imagine any sensible meaning for an auction like this. But making a game try after you've made a limit bid and partner has signed off is way down on my list.
Early Finesse
If declarer does fly with the A at trick one, it gives East an opportunity to apply Lowenthal's law: If declarer refuses a finesse against your king, play it. Declarer will surely assume the king is singleton. If he simply takes the spade finesse, he will probably wind up ...
David Liu's bidding problem: 872 7 AKQT53 Q74
Partner must be void in diamonds to be so insistent on not playing them. My guess is he didn't realize that 2 by him on the previous round would be natural. He is probably 3-4-0-6.
Opener's splinters after a 2-over-1
It would be if the hand diagram generator would accept question marks.
Gregory Nowak's lead problem: 94 Q763 T82 Q753
Perhaps partner’s failure to double 4 should dissuade me from leading one. But I see nothing better to do than attack the entry to dummy’s spades. Unless declarer unexpectedly has three hearts, the queen is less apt to blow a trick than a small one.
Thomas van der Hoeden's bidding problem: --- K974 K532 K9863
I agree pass is more attractive with the round suits reversed. So much more that I would unhesitatingly choose it. Not only do you have an easy rebid over a reopening double, but a negative double may actually cause you to miss a 5-3 heart fit.
Tommy Cho's bidding problem: K2 QJ54 Q5 Q7543
All those 4 bidders seems awfully confident 4 agreed hearts. I'm not so sure. Does partner really have to raise to 4 with a 4-3-2-4 that warrants a raise? Isn't it possible 4 is a 3-card raise leaving you the option of choosing a ...

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