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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
6 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Now in Mid 50s, have been member of one bridge club for 40 years - and pretty well play in the one club. Married with one youth and work in insurance.

I like to think that I am a highly ethical, polite and considerate to partner and opponents.


United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Overcalling a multi 2D on a six card spade suit - only to find that that was the suit intended.
Bridge Accomplishments
Winning a pack of 6 mixer drinks in an EBU magazine competition
Regular Bridge Partners
Professor WJ Zakrzewski
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Favorite Tournaments
Don't play in any.
Favorite Conventions
My own!
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In the dark. (ACBL)
If you are having a bidding sequence, bid 4NT and an opponent doubles (to show the Club Ace) then that would almost certainly be a legitimate reason to double. Whether it is alertable or not would be up to the RA. In the EBU the double would not be alertable ...
In the dark. (ACBL)
The director should get out the law book and read law 20F to the OP and his opponents. F. Explanation of Calls 1. During the auction and before the final pass any player may request7, at his own turn to call, an explanation of the opponents’ auction. He is entitled ...
The "New NT" (a.k.a., the Self-Rescuing Kamakazi NT)
This unlikely to be legal in the EBU at level 4 - Blue Book 7 B 3 1NT opening 1NT may be played as any one of the following (i) Natural, non-forcing with a continuous defined range. A ‘natural’ 1NT opening has no more than nine cards in two suits, no ...
Multi Opening Two-Bids
yes - a weak-only multi is basically stupid. Instead of a bid saying "I have a weak hand with diamonds" - which helps partner, you get "I have a weak hand with one of two suits", which is less helpful. I play a multi in England with weak and strong options. It ...
common game deal best line for 6NT
You always make 11 tricks by ducking a diamond and a club. Either one of the three suits is 3-3 or someone is guarding two of them and can be squeezed. You probably don't even need DD declarer play.
Line in 6C
Does that work if hearts are 3-3 as well?
Ash Hamilton's lead problem: 98 6 KQ762 KJ762
In this case, I think that the risk that a minor suit lead will help NS is one of the reasons, rather than that you will find partner with a great major suit. In the book the authors do point out that the hands are played double dummy so that ...
Bridge Players and the movie world
One of the 'extras' in 'animal crackers' was a certain Helen Sobel Smith
Bridge Players and the movie world
Brian Close recalls a bridge conversation with Ray Illingworth in "I don't bruise Easily". They were playing for money and both were/are Yorkshiremen...
Gender Variance and Conditions of Contest
In the EU it is an offence to rate insurance differently depending on gender, (Which is a load of b***s)
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