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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
7 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

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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Is this AI or UI?
He makes a ruling that allows the event to carry on. Mind you - on reading 50E4, I don't think it applies. The OS didn't gain any assistance from the minor penalty card in any way, did they?
In "Winning No trump leads" Bird & Anthias simulations on the hands chosen (selection bias maybe) indicate 55% 85% 72% 70% 65% 65% 74% 56% 79% 56% 54% and 60% (figures not exact and generally speaking the top %ge is not shown) The recommended method is: be passive
Do you open this hand in 1st seat Love All at IMPs?
Well you have also pre-empted two opponents - and if partner only has a 1-level call available a) you might not respond over 1 and b) opponents are probably good for a decent partial. As we all know - bridge is a game of information. The best tactics are therefore to ...
Is this AI or UI?
The laws state that you have to adjudicate as if the major penalty card had not existed - so you have a situation where with KX the player might have jumped in with the King (crashing partner's Ace) or might not. A poor player would always jump in with the ...
Director call vs. fun
(It should have been a 'laughing' "no".) I'll leave that comment above - and refer you to Law 74B2
Gambling Actions (L-12)
"Since the beginning of bridge no one has a good example?" You are in a competitive auction: opponents bid 4 slowly over a 4 call and, since you want a top, you make an unjustified leap to 6 confident that if you go down you will get ...
Director ruling
It was under "LAW 89 ‐ RECTIFICATION IN INDIVIDUAL EVENTS" but IIRC it said that "After execution the Director may i) replace the pair with a substitute pair ii) replace the executed player with a substitute iii take over the place of the executed player (Law 16C applies)" iv disqualify the ...
Director call vs. fun
I directed a 13-table double-pivot mixed teams of four event (which is another way of saying - "There must be at least one male,one female and everyone plays with everyone else") earlier this month. I had one call for an insufficeint bid and decided to move the boards manually for ...
Is this AI or UI?
It does - because if you guess wrong you get no restitution, but if you guess right it seems to be a weighted score (presumably initially 60-40 against you). What also makes it bad is that a good player (one who would seriously consider NOT going up with the King) would ...
Is this AI or UI?
David has mentioned this once, twice or 100 times before - there is a paradox in law 50 you can make use of the information, but if you gain from such use it will be taken away. However you have to read E4 more carefully. "...he shall award an adjusted score ...
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