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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
6 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!
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Flannery Alert and then . . .
As I am sure you know, Ray, the law says you must NOT reveal that you have misbid immediately and are under no obligation to disclose it subsequently. (Which raises the question: can you reveal it later in the auction?)
Flannery Alert and then . . .
There is a slight difference between "This bid would not be made over 2" as in "We have agreed that partner will not bid again over 2" and "We have not discussed what this bid means over 2" - opponents are entitled to the correct explanation. This is ...
Bridgemate Question
The bridgemate score may be up to 1/2% out since it is an integer. Suppose you have a simple 11 table mitchell 1-winner movement each playing 1 board(top = 10, maximum = 110) and you finish first. Then there are 10 other boards still left to play i.e. 10 ...
Defence to magic club
How about X = strong hand - any distribution or 1NT (15-17) - relay via 1 or 1 as -ve/+ve 1 = takeout of hearts 1 = takeout of spades 1!N = takout of diamonds 2 = takeout of clubs Other 2-bids - 5-5 in selected suits No idea if this ...
Flannery Alert and then . . .
The problem arises if this has happened before. If East knows his partner has forgotton before then the pair are basically playing "4-5 in the majors or diamonds", which a) wasn't disclosed to the opponents and b) is probably not allowed.
Coughing Doctors
Or the WBF can simply expand its plenipotentiary powers, giving them the right to do so. Or the laws can be amended (in 2027) so potential penalties for "the gravest offence" can be explicitly stated.
Was this ruling correct?
Reasonably sensible, although, as usual, point-awarding is subjective and if a member of the committee that awards the points has a personal gripe with a specific convention ... Does this apply to responses/ overcalls? If so the 7 points are going to be used up pretty quickly. (Splinters/ mini splinters/ bergen ...
Flannery Alert and then . . .
" HOWEVER, I wish to remind everyone involved that WHENEVER THERE IS AN IRREGULARITY the director should be promptly summoned." True - but does not apply in a UI case - see footnote 5 in the laws (page 25). The thing is - there is no irregularity until/ unless the director finds one. And ...
Flannery Alert and then . . .
And we get 'selection bias' - no one complains when an error by the opponents leads to a very good score.
Flannery Alert and then . . .
Which is why you must be careful. You can't 'impose' a raise to 3 unless it is a logical alternative. (b) A logical alternative is an action that a significant proportion of the class of players in question, using the methods of the partnership, would seriously consider, and ...
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