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Phillip Martin
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July 12, 2011
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about me

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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Diamond Life Master
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Julien Christen's lead problem: J97 J94 A4 97532
If you lead a club, low seems right. It’s not as if you want to encourage a shift. Strengthen one of the majors a bit and a high club makes more sense.
Overcalling a (natural) 1!c opener when holding a real !c suit of your own
Pass and act on the next round. A suit bid on the next round (if you aren't balancing) shows a secondary suit (probably 4 cards) with primary clubs and at least a sound opening bid. A double of a non-club suit on the next round shows a 3-suited take-out ...
3nt defense continuation
But you did. The fact that you personally would have done something different earlier doesn't invalidate the question, so there is no reason to abstain. The essence of bridge is solving problems. A good bridge player should be capable of solving problems even if he wouldn't face them ...
Gerber: Is it Even Worth It?
How are you supposed to vote if it is part of your bidding system and you think it's useless or if it's not part of your bidding system and you think it's useful? Multiple choice answers should partition the universe
meaning of a bid
Natural, yes. Single-suited, no. Nor would it be single-suited if the opponents had not bid after the double.
Is Lebensohl a sensible choice in this auction?
Michael Shuster's bidding problem: AKxx xxx JT9 Jxx
Agree with Richard and his analogy. A limit bid surrenders captaincy. When partner then places the level without soliciting your cooperation, it makes no sense to overrule him. You aren’t supposed to try to visualize his hand. He has already visualized yours and said no further investigation is necessary ...
Michael Shuster's bidding problem: AKxx xxx JT9 Jxx
The hand is superfluous. The auction alone is sufficient information to answer the question.
Takeout X strength/shape?
Double shows only a desire not to sell out to 2. If advancer bids over the double, we've achieved our objective and our side is done bidding.
How strong would you be?
Roughly a hand that would raise a 1M response to an opening bid to 3M.

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