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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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What did you guys defined this double ?
I agree with the symmetry argument when the choices are "takeout" or "penalty," but I don't think there is anything wrong with playing "co-operative" in one position and something else in the other. It certainly makes little sense to play "co-operative" from both sides of the table.
What did you guys defined this double ?
Multiple choice answers should partition the universe.
A Fortunate Error
I can’t say for sure. But perhaps East decided his partner would have played the x from Ax42? That means I made another error. I should have concealed the 3 when I ducked.
A Fortunate Error
I agree it's likely my play didn't matter. But "surely" is an overbid, so it's still an error. Look at it this way: If I said, "I led a heart honor and West ducked," you might shake your head in disgust. But wouldn't you be fairly ...
Question for the matchpoint mavens
And, as is almost always the case when they forget to include "other," that's my choice.
What do you say if anything?
If it's not a matter of partnership agreement and partner doesn't ask your opinion, you never say anything.
Ethical or not?
Why would it be unethical, in the absence of unauthorized information, to choose a bid or play that you think improves your chances of winning the event?
Omar Olgeirsson's bidding problem: 6 7643 J732 Q963
Ira Rubin would be horrified at all the passes.
Phillip Martin's lead problem: J853 Q974 Q63 85
I have no recollection of posting this problem and no clue why I posted it. I presume I had some weird theory about what the right opening lead was. But we'll never know.
Trick 3
I'm dummy. At trick three, I'll play whatever partner instructs me to play.

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