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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
June 23
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 of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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.
Table pitch
A floor space of between 64 (8' X 8') and 81 (9' X 9') basicaly tells you the space between tables. If the table is, say 2'6" in width then the gap betwen tables (i.e. for chairs) will be between 5'6" and 6'6" - see https://www ...
Is this the worst change to the 2017 laws
Yes - I changed the one on bridgewebs on the 20th - and just remembered to upload it here. Thanks for reminding me.
correct director call
I am a convert (of course if Directors would implement the law then the average score in a duplicate tournament would be well under 50%.)
John Portwood's bidding problem: T7 AT AKJT87 852
Partner has a rock-solid 4-diamond call - 1-6-4-2 with KQ and Q (at least I thought I had) - 10 trumps = 4-level. (You're not going to get a good score anyway now since 4 was bid at many tables.)
Bumper Movement Foul-up
And in the meantime we have the poor pair who arrived late at the table told to make themselves scarce until the board is completed.
Bumper Movement Foul-up
Of course all this changes very soon. (It is one of the major changes)
Directors Ruling
You had better - you can't award a split decision in this case unless the NOS have taken a wild or gambling action. (There is obviously no 'serious error unrelated to the infraction')
Directors Ruling
Well I was looking up Flannery on Wikipedia, to find out what should have happened. I don't like the 3 call UNLESS it is demonstrably much better than playing in 2 e.g. with a 3=0=6=4 (assuming the 2 was a weak 2 ...
Directors Ruling
Why didn't the Director allow your partner to change his bid? Since you hadn't passed then he should have been afforded the opportunity. Whilst it is inevitably a mistake to theorise before you have complete information, you start wondering what a 3 call means - 2 is ...
Favourite Novelty Conventions
Isn't that Vienna?
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