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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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How do you play trumps?
My calculation implicitly assumes he will randomize with two "honors" in clubs. As some have pointed out above, it is unlikely he will randomize with J9, so we should reduce the number of cases the finesse is right by 3 (taking away half of the 6 cases of J9 doubleton ...
The Truth about Terrence Reese
Personally, I'm quite comfortable living in a world where not all of us care about the same things.
How do you play trumps?
It's easier to count cases than to work with percentages. If we assume North has 3 round cards, then he has a stiff club honor (so to speak) 18 times (4C2 doubleton spades X 3 stiff clubs) and two club honors 12 times (4 singleton spades X 3 doubleton ...
6-5 Don't Come Alive Here
A delayed 2NT should be natural, based on long clubs and showing a hand too good to overcall 1NT on the previous round. One reason to play that way is to keep partner from bidding it on hands like this.
How and when do you try for slam - or don't you?
Multiple choice answers should partition the universe.
Simple Game
“Suppose declarer's shape is 2-5-1-5 with Qx of spades. If you return a trump, when you get in you can lead another trump, and declarer will be unable to avoid the loss of a club trick. However, if you lead back a spade and partner fails to find a ...
Craig Zastera's bidding problem: K84 AJ2 AKQT A84
Four of a major is usually the better game when most of the high cards are in one hand. The lack of communication makes 3NT problematic. Even if your hearts were AQx instead of AJx, it's probably right to play in the major. Partner averages less than half the ...
Declarer Play problem - second session qualifier - Goldman pairs
Since I'm probably going to have to guess diamonds to make this, I might as well play them now. Playing them now has two ways to win: (1) It's possible I can't afford to lose the lead twice. Playing diamonds now is the only way to avoid ...
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.

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