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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
7 minutes 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!
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Sorry, this user has no cards yet.
What are your pet peeves?
And as an opponent who has had a bad result, how do you feel when you get high-fived?
Why does Harvard hate bridge?
To be honest American Universities are a joke to many on this side of the Pond - To Quote a British Monarch, "The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children." Seriously, I am very disappointed that what used to be a leading University cannot ...
Why does Harvard hate bridge?
You shouldn't be playing a game that is stigmatised as a white male middle/ upper class occupation - at least not at Harvard.
where did east-west go wrong on this hand
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. I think that West should have bid 3 Diamonds rather than double. Then East is going to get excited with the double fit and bid 4. The double suggests all-round values. I alos think East should have raised 2 to 3 - it ...
How do you rule ?
Please note - you can't force your own bridge interpretation onto another partnership. I do note this is behind screens - I am not sure how things look but can South tell that it is North that's called the director and not East? It could very well be that South ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
There is a bridge hand where the speaking of the two bids caused one of the Italians to misunderstand who had actually called, and they passed their partner with substantial values. The British (Tony Priday?) protected and the Italians then bid a game - still losing a slam swing. So perhaps ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
I endplayed an opponent on Tuesday Night. Does this make me an expert dummy player?
A question on the laws
Too many John's on this website! Even if a player has a reputation for never claiming; that, alone, does not mean that his actions cannot constitute a claim. Similarly the fact that a defender can object to his partner's concession doesn't affect the initial claim. A further ...
To Slam or Not to Slam
How long did partner take to bid 5?
Master Points for Foreign Players
Of course if the ACBL and other RAs adopted the EBU NGS model there would be no problems at all - worldwide! Everyone would have a (transferable) absolute grade.
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