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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Basic Information

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

EBU MP Rank: 1 Star Premier Tournament Master

EBU TD Rank: Trainee Panel Director

EBU NGS Rank: Queen (57 - 59)

Now in Mid 50s, have been member of one bridge club for 40 years - and pretty well play in the one club (which means I don't get much chance of getting those valuable green and gold masterpoints). Widowed (Avatar is picture of late wife) with one youth and nearly retired.

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
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An American and an Acol 3NT opening bid - on the same hand
Yes - some players aren't sure what to do against a 2-suited pre-empt - and if they had bid no trumps they would have gone off.
Can you get to game here?
North has a six loser hand and 15 support points - that seems to be a raise to 3 over partner's (presumably unlimited)double.
Howell problem - how to fix on Bridgemate?
In Scorebridge just load in the event, select the scores page and change the result - by amending the pair numbers.
Director's Handbook.
I produced a PDF back in 2017 but it may be a bit out of date
I am still not sure about the correct procedure here
Pretty well yes. Opponents are entitled to know what you know or don't know.
This is a bit labirintic for me
With us 2 (multi)- 2 - 2NT - 3 - 3 then the old black. Probably ending in 6N which is odds on - (61% the hearts run, 38% the spades run for one loser)
The Takeout-Penalty Spectrum
There is also the co-operative-hesitation double. Suggests that caller wouldn't be unhappy to see partner take it out.
Bidding Improvement With Weak NT?
As with all transfers, the main benefit is that you have two bites of the cherry - one to show your suit and one to show your strength. Having invitational strength and not playing transfers is possible only in isolation. 1NT -> 3H showing invitational strength means that with say, game going ...
Bidding Improvement With Weak NT?
Something similar is often used in a pro-client or husband-wife partnership. The stronger player jumps into the majors, and as for the weaker player - he transfers.
On computer versus hand shuffling
yes - but back in the 1990s and early 2000s we did not have such a machine. (The laws say nothing about the last round btw - although it is irrelevant legally it should be done. FWIS.)
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