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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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Third Hand Signaling Problem
Club deuce to encourage. Some, above, say your attitude will be obvious after trick one, but I don't agree. Your holding in the suit led is only one factor in whether you wish to encourage or not.
Can a previous suit encouragement signal be modified by the order of subsequent honour plays?
As I understand your question, it is, "Partner showed the K when he discarded the 4. Is the play of the J suit preference, saying, 'I lied about that K'?" My agreement is that the second card in the suit led is count. Even though count isn't useful here ...
Am I Old Fashioned?
"Responder [to a limit bid] may pass this, make a forcing bid or, failing either of the alternatives, himself decide the final contract." This is true, but it leaves open for discussion what constitutes a "forcing bid." I have played a quite old-fashioned version of Acol, and my agreement was ...
What is this double?
I agree with those who say this should be takeout of clubs not spades. But even if I had, in a weak moment, agreed to play it as takeout of spades, it still shows at least some interest in playing in diamonds from our side. So it is quite likely ...
David Neiman's bidding problem: 6 J54 5 AK865432
I play 3 asks for a diamond stopper. But it doesn't ask for a heart stopper and a spade stopper as well.
What, if anything, do you miss about bridge in 1970?
What I miss most about bridge in the 70s is being able to think clearly.
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: 732 7 JT62 QJ985
It's not forcing, but you shouldn't pass with a stiff heart. If partner's hearts were good enough to play opposite a singleton, he would not start with a take-out double, which suggests a flexible hand.
David Neiman's bidding problem: 6 J54 5 AK865432
Why won't he expect this hand? 3, in essence, says, I think I can make 3 opposite a doubleton club and about a trick and a half in high cards. How bad a description is that of this hand?
Which heart, and why?
Yes to both. To me an attitude signal is about the hand as a whole--not just the heart suit. In this case, encouraging simply means that, based on my hand, a heart continuation looks like a better idea than a club shift.
Michael Barel's bidding problem: A973 Q AJ5 KT932
It's not fear that partner might have a penalty pass that tempts me to re-open. It's fear that we can make something.

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