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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
8 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: King (59-61)

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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And I Wanted To ..... (Partner Revenge Fantasies)
Lucky on the first board - I would rule 4 Spades down rather a lot! Or even 6 Hearts doubled down two.
IMPed Pairs: towards a better datum
You may have problems in a large field if several denominations are played several times. (I did a comparison between our score (53%) and the winners' score (65%) using your original scoring algorithm in a club event on Thursday. If I got it right, we lost 53 imps in 23 ...
Club to the King-Queen Part two
At a certain level, it would not occur to defenders to underlead the Ace. The guideline - don't underlead an Ace against a suit contract - is pretty well hammered into players at an early age of their bridge development - and it is therefore often hard to spot the times when ...
Maybe NS should work on their 2-suited overcalls. Even Playing CRASH/ CRO they would have found the double fit. Oh but they play Michaels . . .
EBU Summer Meeting
I am sure we all would like to play Bridge when we can buy the Ace of Hearts (Red Mana) for $20,000 (being price of MTG Alpha or Beta Black Lotus) - only to find the opponents hvae bought the two of trumps (Black Mana) for $10.00 which defeats ...
I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore
The laws do state that even if there is no damage a PP can be awarded for breach of UI. Assuming that setting trumps and showing a good hand for the raise is demonstrably suggested by the BIT. The question is what would the logical alternatives be [b] playing the ...
Ruling fron Eastbourne
That is correct - however you still must ACT as though partner is responding to the call as you intended it to make. Suppose the bidding went 1C P 1D P 1NT P P 2C (majors - not alerted) 2D 3C P ? What does partner's 3C call mean. The UI suggests ...
Ruling fron Eastbourne
No - because if the auction exceeds 3NT then you don't (in most circumstances) alert. If you have an agreement that the call is natural then you don't alert. That is the only time you don't alert below 4. I assume you have a system file noting ...
Ruling fron Eastbourne
As I am sure you know, the EBU Blue book changed on 1st August. These are the pertinent paragraphs. 2 A 2 These regulations are secondary to the duty of full disclosure (Law 40A). If a player is uncertain whether the regulations require an alert, but believes it would help ...
Minimum expectation for an explanation
My advice: if you don't need to know then ask randomly. Otherwise partner has UI that you do need to know at the time. Yes, he won't take advantage of it, but you prejudice his options by generating it. Otherwise "I agree with Ed".
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