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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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Do Players Still Sort Their Cards in the UK?
Do Players Still Sort Their Cards in the UK? Requirements in advance Players requiring stationary positions, strong lighting, pre-sorted cards or any other special assistance are requested to notify their needs in advance when entering tournaments, and arrangements will be made for the TDs on site to deal with the practical arrangements. 2.1.3 ...
What do you bid over 1 NT ?
Was quoting a phrase used inter alii by Terence Reese. It is not 'cheating', but the lesser offence of 'coffee housing' or 'walking the dog' - which is, of course, against the rules, but no more steps on the realms of 'cheating' than if a soccer player makes a clumsy tackle ...
Unusual action with UI
Please note that the action a player takes does not have to be a logical alternative, provided the alternative is a logical alternative. So the question then is merely: "Is 5 demonstrably suggested over the logical alternative of passing 3NT by the UI (That North doesn't have an ...
What do you bid over 1 NT ?
Double for penalty is a bit naff - these days everyone has a runout. If you pass 'with the air of someone going to their own funeral' then you might get to double 3NT.
Would you rather have a singleton or a doubleton on opening lead?
Doubletons aren't that bad - because you only have two cards in the suit declarer/ dummy probably have a few so if you can set up winners in partmer's hand then he will probably be able to cash them. (Obviously singletons are marvellous - not only because you may get ...
I would have thought that seeding would be done retail i.e. order players pairwise by ability and then place them in specific positions. The suggested method is wholesale - grab a group of good players and then place them in specific locations irrespective of their individual ability. This method does ...
Isn't this a case of anti-randomising rather than seeding? With regards to the OP, seeding obviously is easy to do at teams since it is a straight-forward knockout (usually). I don't think that seeding (as we know the term) can actually be done at Duplicate. The correct way ...
Showing the Five of Spades
I suppose someone had to bid North's hand for him.
Change of Call
It depends on whether she had mis-pulled or realised her bid had a different meaning to that intended. If the former then she could change the call (as she has not changed her mind). There is nothing illegal about calling the TD if the call you make is not the ...
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