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Phillip Martin
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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David Parsons's bidding problem: K7 AJ54 KT AKQ93
I find auctions starting with 2NT to be awkward, so I never go out of my way to open 2NT. If there is a sensible alternative, I'll take it.
Nathan Finkle's bidding problem: KQ96 K6 AQJ QJ42
I'll try one more time. You said "partner has denied a heart control." Do you think he should show the heart ace even when he lacks a club control?
Nathan Finkle's bidding problem: KQ96 K6 AQJ QJ42
You said "partner has denied a heart control." Do you think he should show the heart ace even when he lacks a club control?
Nathan Finkle's bidding problem: KQ96 K6 AQJ QJ42
You think partner should show the heart ace even when he lacks a club control?
Henry Sun's bidding problem: A AT2 Q643 A8532
I’m curious why you think an aggressive double would be more suitable for matchpoints than for IMPs.
David Corn's bidding problem: KT3 84 AK98 9843
Partner's huddle tells you it's wrong to pass. But passing is not a logical alternative anyway.
Defining 2NT in Comp
I find it easier to make natural the default definition. It's natural unless it's specifically defined as lebensohl or scrambling. It's defined as lebensohl if: 1) Partner, as an unpassed hand, has doubled 2, 2, or 2; and 2) The 2NT-bidder has not previously ...
Eric Colinet's bidding problem: AQ743 AQ62 --- Q932
As usual, answering the problem as given and ignoring the annoying slam options.
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: --- QJ853 94 T76532
Yes. It would be terrible if you responded and caught partner with a strong hand, perhaps something like Axxxx Kx Ax Axxx.
Double UI - How Would You Rule?
"If South had heard the alert and got the Meckwell explanation in time.." How is that relevant? South isn't entitled to any accidental benefit from getting an incorrect explanation. His failure to hear the alert actually resulted in his having the correct information when he chose his call. North ...
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