Join Bridge Winners

Bridge Winners Profile for John Portwood

John Portwood
John Portwood
  • 0
  • 6
  • 102
  • 0

Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
3 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
Sorry, this user has no cards yet.
The problems of over-alerting
I am sure the law says something about there being no recourse if a player takes an action based on their own misunderstanding. (Law 21A)
The problems of over-alerting
And that is the problem - an incorrect explanation gives UI and MI - but at least it has to be asked for to be given. It is only in the simplest and most common situations that an announcement is used. An incorrect announcement would do the same - and would be done ...
The problems of over-alerting
No one should feel 'stupid' through ignorance. Ignorance can be corrected, and I bet no one knows all the Bridge conventions and treatments there are. 3 C Naming of partnership understandings 3 C 1 The system card must give the meaning of all but the most well-known and unambiguous agreements ...
What's the ethical action here?
"Its easy to decide a surprising bid is impossible when you have UI telling you that a misunderstanding has occurred. Would you think it was a misbid if partner had alerted and correctly explained? " But that is an impossible thing to happen! You cannot theorise what you would do in ...
What is the largest penalty you have ever seen?
"Right Through The Pack" has a hand (tale of the 7) where South plays in 7XX with a 13 card suit and goes 13 down.
Alerting in USA?
Conventional != Natural 4 C 1 The following are considered ‘natural’ for the purposes of alerting and regulation of partnership understandings (see also 3E1): (a) A bid of a suit which shows that suit (3+ cards) and does not show any other suit; preference bids, completion of transfer bids and raises ...
Alerting in USA?
2NT opening bids (if balanced) are announced in the EBU.
Vote as you wish
At school is was "A,2,3,4 - Kiss the dealer"
John Portwood's bidding problem: 8 K KJ9542 AT982
This is in the EBU - not the ACBL. Conventional overcalls are alerted.
First unpleasant experience of changed 2017 Laws
Of course - Several times a wrong card comes out when you pull your selected call. Usually it is pretty obvious that has happened, you correct it 'without pause for thought' - at least that is what happens at the table - and the Director isn't called because it is an obvious ...
Not following anyone yet

Bottom Home Top