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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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Michael Kopera's bidding problem: 95 96 KJ863 A984
I have no reason to believe the opponents have 8 spades. I have no reason to believe we have a 9-card fit. I have no expectation of making a game. I suppose one could bid anyway on the principle that it's painful to go through an entire auction without ...
Anindya Bhattacharya's lead problem: AQxx Ax Qxx Qxxx
Unless those x's are actually X's, I doubt a passive defense is going to beat this. I think I need to go after a minor-suit trick before declarer can establish a spade for a pitch. The Q seems to offer the best chance. Obviously the queen could gain ...
Hanoi Rondón's bidding problem: x 9x AKJTxx Txxx
"If two people at the table think you're going down--and you're one of them--you're probably going down."
Attitude or Count Signal?
It's not as though that problem doesn't have an answer. You play the one you are most confident is a winner. Although I have noticed people get upset if you take too much time deciding which winner that is.
Second hand low or high?
You didn't follow your rule, Michael. "Always play the jack unless you have to."
Mike Graham's lead problem: 642 83 Q97653 84
I don't see how partner can have the heart ace. But it's easy to construct a scenario where he has the diamond ace. East bid 7 with a diamond void and took his partner's pass over 7 to show the diamond ace. West, however, thought ...
Attitude or Count Signal?
It's interesting how often, when we fail to include 'other' as an option, 'other' turns out to be the right answer. It's indicative of how prevalent false dichotomies are in our thinking.
Mark Chen's bidding problem: K52 AQ4 A953 K53
A natural 1NT in sandwich position needs a source of tricks.
ATB playing 5m down when 3NT is much better
Equal blame subsumes no blame.
Phillip Martin's bidding problem: Q32 --- AKQ763 KQ76
I've never abstained because I wouldn't find myself in the position presented in the problem. In fact, some of the most interesting problems are those you wouldn't find yourself in, precisely because they are outside your normal experience. To my mind, the reason to abstain is that ...

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