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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
7 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. Widowed 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!
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Psyches - and fielding them
I don't think so - you might make 3H or you might make 4H. As I understand it 1NX-4 (the equivalent) is worth a bit more than +620. Even 1NX-1 beats a heart partial.
Psyches - and fielding them
I'm just quoting what I interpret as EBU policy - if partner's bidding appears to allow for the psych then that is regarded as fielding - which the EBU regard as having an illegal agreement. The EBU have three classifications. "green" - no evidence of fielding: no adjustment. Two 'green' psychs ...
Psyches - and fielding them
In the EBU a fielded (red) psych is one where the psycher's partner has taken action that appears to allow for his partner having psyched. "If a player believes, from partnership experience, that partner may have deviated from the system this must be disclosed to the opponents. If a ...
Do you see the reel playing under the table?
Except that we KNOW defence have more hearts than spades - so the heart lead from West is more likely to be from a 5-card heart suit than a spade lead would be from East. In fact I am wondering if East has 5 hearts. The 6 suggests five cards ...
Do you see the reel playing under the table?
It would possibly have been better to lead a low club towards dummy - taking a 'finesse' against the Queen.
YAC (Yet another claim)
Well it makes no real difference - since 'should' means that the player won't often be penalised but his rights (as here) can be prejudiced. If we suggest that someone failing to make a 'clear statement' should have a PP issued at least "more often than not" "(the strongest word ...
YAC (Yet another claim)
Declarer Cashes AC, AD, AH, comes to hand and runs the spades. Loses last two tricks. OK I think that comes below careless or inferior, I think we can allow declarer to cash 4 club tricks as he might think he is in 7NT (and suffer the consequences) - now loses ...
YAC (Yet another claim)
Isn't there a squeeze for the 15th trick. If a defender has the long club and the King of hearts.
Explainable, But How?
I have been advised (3rd hand) that Reese and Shapiro were 'taking the mickey over the Americans' over the alleged hand signals in the Buenos Aires Affair"
What is the correct TD decision and why?
East : Oh s**t. I don't know if my partner has the Queen of Hearts or the Jack! I know he hasn't the Ace since he showed the Ace of Clubs and King of Spades. Better sign off. West:- I've shown the King of spades. Partner's ...
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