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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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To claim, or not To claim
Agree Law 72D2. Also agree that defensive claim has been made and play must cease as all four players have not agreed to play on. SO the question now is: Is the play of anything other than the Queen of Diamonds not 'normal' - includes careless or inferior play for a ...
Ethical, questionable or cheating?
To simplify matters - Law 73D1 covers this situation. "1. It is desirable, though not always required, for players to maintain steady tempo and unvarying manner. However, players should be particularly careful when variations may work to the benefit of their side. Otherwise, unintentionally to vary the tempo or manner in ...
Ethical, questionable or cheating?
Well if they need time to think you can't really draw much inferences from their pauses. If they don't know what to do how on earth can you?
MI (?) Ruling
The default position is that when a double is of a "(d) Suit bids that do not show the suit bid: Alert, unless the double shows the suit bid." I know what Gordon has said, but I think that (with all due respect) these P/C bids may need to ...
What should TD Rule? Misinformation or Misbid or Extremely Serious Error
If RHO or LHO had called the director at the appropriate time (when the MI came to light) they would have been happier with the situation - of course if the TD let LHO change their action the young bidder could have changed hers as she has been woken up, not ...
What should TD Rule? Misinformation or Misbid or Extremely Serious Error
Well there is defintely UI (incorrect explanaton). The question is: has south carefully avoided making use of said UI? We run a poll with the South hand, and give the respondents South's interpretation of the law - and then see if players would pass 4 spades or make some other ...
What do you think of the director's actions?
If dummy draws attention to an irregularity then the director still has to be called. He handles the irregularity as usual and then may decide to award a penalty against dummy's side - as stated in law 43B1. If a kibitzer claims a revoke then, again, the director has to ...
What do you think of the director's actions?
Well, he should not be a kibitzer - but once he spots the irregularity he has to correct it. Law 81C3 - it does say "in any manner" Under the previous laws, then a player DID have a duty to correct an unestablished revoke when they became aware of it. Now the ...
What should TD Rule? Misinformation or Misbid or Extremely Serious Error
Oh - know that - it is just that polling is usually SOP on a judgement case, especially if the TD doesn't know the conventions the players have agreed or is a different class of bridge player (good/ bad, aggressive/ timorous).
What should TD Rule? Misinformation or Misbid or Extremely Serious Error
Which is rather like saying to someone - we'll give you a fair trial and then hang you. (And yes I agree with what you say - regrettably we have to go through the motions of finding out what would have happened with correct information.)
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