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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
2 hours 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!
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
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Some rulings questions
Oh well - next time I'll put a couple of smiley icons round it.
Some rulings questions
Just ask them to turn their hearing aids off then!
Some rulings questions
commonly known as CHO (Centre Hand Opponent). My original comment about what to do if someone says "no agreement" has been commented on privately, with the recommendation that you call the director who can send both players away in turn while you ask their partner questions.
Is this AI or UI?
Sorry Henrik - I was meaning the OP (the minor suit 2 not the KX situation - of which I agree).
Story from Richard Lighton "I was in the hospitality suite at a local regional a few years ago, and a group were discussing Barry Crane. Someone asked "Why, with his superlative technique, was Barry not more successful at teams play?" "+5, +5, +5, -17."
Since it seems to be going down two thirds of the time - it is surely odds on that the next time you do it, it won't work :)
Some rulings questions
1a) What do you think 3 means? If your agreement is alertable then you alert it and give your opponents the correct partnership explanation. In any case you must still treat it as if partner has bid 3 over your call showing both majors, "carefully avoiding" taking advantage ...
Is this AI or UI?
He makes a ruling that allows the event to carry on. Mind you - on reading 50E4, I don't think it applies. The OS didn't gain any assistance from the minor penalty card in any way, did they?
In "Winning No trump leads" Bird & Anthias simulations on the hands chosen (selection bias maybe) indicate 55% 85% 72% 70% 65% 65% 74% 56% 79% 56% 54% and 60% (figures not exact and generally speaking the top %ge is not shown) The recommended method is: be passive
Do you open this hand in 1st seat Love All at IMPs?
Well you have also pre-empted two opponents - and if partner only has a 1-level call available a) you might not respond over 1 and b) opponents are probably good for a decent partial. As we all know - bridge is a game of information. The best tactics are therefore to ...
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