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John Portwood
John Portwood
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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!
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Am I rationalizing?
I don't think pass is a LA - with those magnificent diamonds. partner probably has values outside clubs (on the bidding, not the UI), which is going to help. If he has values in clubs and was thinking about doubling then obviously the UI won't suggest 3.
Displaying hands in comments
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Displaying hands in comments
EW can't make 1NT (neither can NS of course) - so I would go to +80 EW.
Opinion on a director's ruling.
Which would incentivise players to know their system and reduce "convention disruption" - and it would also reduce the number of tops thrown around, making the game more skilfull. However PPs in many of the laws are stated to be able to be issued without damage to the opponents. Notably 73C2 ...
Opinion on a director's ruling.
The thing is: the TD ascertained the facts (all calls were natural, there was no tempo breaks) and thus an appeal over UI is very likely to fail - in fact possibly without merit. There was MI, but I don't see how the MI affected the play or auction - after ...
7 tables and want to play 24 boards? Try Hesitation Mitchell
You should probably arrowswitch the last round (other than the table where the hesitation occurs) to maximise competition. (We regularly get 11 tables and use a Hesitation Mitchell when that happens, to get the 12 rounds in)
Opinion on a director's ruling.
Interesting - if partner leads a high spade you have to duck, if he leads a low one you have to win. You say the director determined all calls were natural - if so then it appears that no infraction has been committed - and hence no damage. (And Yes! I am surprised ...
Flannery Alert and then . . .
As I am sure you know, Ray, the law says you must NOT reveal that you have misbid immediately and are under no obligation to disclose it subsequently. (Which raises the question: can you reveal it later in the auction?)
Flannery Alert and then . . .
There is a slight difference between "This bid would not be made over 2" as in "We have agreed that partner will not bid again over 2" and "We have not discussed what this bid means over 2" - opponents are entitled to the correct explanation. This is ...
Bridgemate Question
The bridgemate score may be up to 1/2% out since it is an integer. Suppose you have a simple 11 table mitchell 1-winner movement each playing 1 board(top = 10, maximum = 110) and you finish first. Then there are 10 other boards still left to play i.e. 10 ...
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