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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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Alex Dezieck's lead problem: AT764 3 T42 QJ63
It's hard to see the A going away. The clubs aren't establishing easily, and dummy is likely to have a singleton spade, so declarer's plan will be to concede a spade and ruff spades in dummy. Leading the spade ace not only loses a tempo, it may ...
Raise to 2M, system on even if comp bidding ?
Possibly in the second auction. But certainly not in the first, where we may still have strain issues to resolve. (I know people often claim they play that this double guarantees four spades. But if you give them a sufficiently awkward hand with only three spades, they seem to double ...
Find the 9 of Clubs
Given the theoretical superiority of upside-down attitude, it is surprising how often it turns out to be inferior in isolated cases--and for quite a variety of reasons. Here, an encouraging eight works much better than an encouraging five, since it both shows the king and denies the nine.
Pete Marvin's bidding problem: 8753 AJ86 A8 K75
No. Because you don’t have a doubleton club.
And a very good reason it is.
"Novice," "infantile," "patently ridiculous," "lunatic," "beyond any concept of reasonable bidding"? Has it really reached the point where we can't criticize an action without insulting the player? One would think we were reading comments to my posts on my Facebook wall. Explaining why East's actions are wrong is ...
What do you signal?
Perhaps. But I can only send one message. I can either tell partner I don't have a heart honor, or I can deny the club queen. I can't do both. If, by agreement, your card denies a heart honor, partner must use his judgment in deciding whether to ...
What do you signal?
Some have suggested a high club may persuade partner to underlead his king. I'm not worried about that. If, upon discovering I can't stand a heart shift, partner thinks the only way to beat this contract is to play me for the Q, then we weren't going ...
What do you signal?
9. I can't discourage without a heart honor.
ATB: Suit Preference? Which Suit?
Declarer should be commended for his play of the queen. Had he played the king (routinely and thoughtlessly following the "play the card your are known to hold" principle), you might have done the right thing. Of course, the agreements described above by David renders declarer's choice of plays ...

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