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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
4 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 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!
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Thinking early in the play in various jurisdictions - and potential UI
1.6.6 Pauses during the play It is acceptable practice to leave a card face up at the end of a trick while a player considers the later play. No one should play to the next trick until the cards played to the current trick have been turned face ...
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However they should be aware that the changes MAY have an impact on them in the future. There are always a few pairs who want to experiment and improve their bridge knowledge as opposed to being carried along on a litter.
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Most of the time the nuances of the 2017 UK Finance Act are only read by Accountants and individuals/ companies are only advised of what they need to know. Every English bridge player, however, has to know whether the conventions they agree to play are authorised. Far better to not ...
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The EBU White Book - was also published today/ yesterday. Most, but not all, changes are caused by the 2017 laws coming into effect.
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To the vast majority of 'social' bridge players, the trouble required to work out defences to wide-ranging calls that may or may not occur with reasonable frequency, would be a major barrier to them feeling they were playing the game on an equal footing.
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In general the new rule 'disqualifies' many distributional hands with relatively low Quick-Trick potential as being encompassed within the 'strong hand' definition - and now have to qualify under other permitted options. I have issued a note to all players in the club (after all the rules are effective next Tuesday ...
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Quick question Richard. Suppose a pair agree that to qualify for a 'strong' Acol opening the hand must have 16+ points i.e. the 12-15 5 controls option is ignored. When the bid comes up the blue book says that you must announce it as "Strong, forcing" or "Strong, not ...
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Any combination of 'strong' hands is legal. The full definition is:- [b][u] Opening Bids from 2 to 3 Inclusive[/u][/b] These may be played as one or both of (a) and (b) below (a) Any meaning or meanings as long as they all show a strong ...
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As this is new to EBU members, it seems fair that we discuss ramifications, possibilities and inconsistencies that may arise. It would also have helped if you could have defined "intermediate" and "weak" with regards to (jump) overcalls. We can presumably think by default that. "Weak": 9 or fewer HCP ...
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We'll have to see how it goes, of course. Just because a hand is defined as 'strong' in the Blue book does not mean that you have to treat it as 'strong' in your own system. You can make up your own definition providing it at least meets the ...
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