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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
11 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. Widowed 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!
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ATB - Fail to compete
West could have doubled first turn before he 'knows' what North holds.
What is the correct call?
Would have thought AV+,AV- would be appropriate in these circumstances. One side has committed an iregularity and there is no director error. If the TD proceded then they could offer a weighted score as to the likely results e.g. if the NOS were probably going to get more ...
I've been playing something like this for years. Over 1 1N = Diamonds and a major (2 asks) 2 = Both majors 2N = Strong unspecified 2-suited hand. Over 1 1N = Clubs and a major (2 asks) 2 = Both majors 2N = Strong unspecified 2-suited hand over ...
can you make 3N?
I ran it trhough deep finesse and checked the hands. It goes two off unless the 3 is led, when East cannot avoid the stepping stone squeeze. Oops - mea culpa - had contract set to 4NT!
can you make 3N?
I can't see how your 'yes' gets to nine.
Do you adjust?
Action != pass
Defending a “psych”
If it is a partnership agreement then it is non disclosed. If it is not a partnership agreement then it is a psych, controlled by the fact that you can bid 3 at the next turn and partner can't raise.
YBTD after slow double
The answer to that is: what would an in-tempo double suggest? Suppose you double in tempo with the West hand and partner bids 3 (quite likely)! What are you going to do?
Do you adjust?
It would be better to produce a bidding poll without reference to the UI. Obviously North is considering taking some action, so any action by South isn't carefully avoiding making use of the UI. So the question then is: is pass a logical alternative? The overwhelming thought seems to ...
YBTD after slow double
However West has made life less difficult for his partner by pausing.
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