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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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Help settle an argument please
I think it's fairly standard for the first discard in the suit led to clarify the count.
Help settle an argument please
I didn’t say that partner isn’t 3136. I said his carding isn’t consistent with 3136. Almost surely he is indeed 3136 and miscarded when he played the club deuce.
Help settle an argument please
A club works just as well with that construction, since partner can play spades from his side. If you lead a spade, declarer can duck it. Now you have no recourse. You must lose the club trick or endplay partner.
Help settle an argument please
Actually, partner's carding is not consistent with 3-1-3-6--or at least it shouldn't be. When leading fourth best, your next card (if you want to show count) should be up with either 4 or 6 and lowest with 5. There is no particular reason to play that way if ...
Tom Nørgaard's bidding problem: A Q8543 KT765 J5
Was defending 2 a bad result? Partner can hardly risk a double. And if he reopens with 2, you will bid 3NT, which it's not clear you can make. I gather it does make or you wouldn't be unhappy with your result. But looking at these ...
Tom Nørgaard's bidding problem: A Q8543 KT765 J5
If I re-open, there are two scenarios where I will probably regret it: (1) Partner has spades. (2) Partner doesn't have spades.
Michael Kopera's bidding problem: A6532 A2 JT6 J74
Not sure who first suggested this. But the idea was around before Andy and Oliver even learned to play bridge, which makes it all the more surprising that it still isn't better known.
Is this a guess?
Not legally.
Is this a guess?
Wow! He trusted you. He concluded you wouldn’t have shifted to a heart with the hand you held. I hope you thanked him.
Is this a guess?
If we assume partner has three diamonds, a spade works when partner has either major suit ace and a club works when he has the club king. I would rather play for two chances than for one. So a spade looks right. Currently a heart is the top choice, which ...

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