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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
22 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: Queen (57 - 59)

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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Slow Play - The Beginning
Slow play IS in the laws. 90B2
The Short Hand
Deep finesse says that the result would be unaffected (2 down if a low club is not led at trick 3)
Speedball Claim
I have been called. Declarer can get valuable additional information when a flawed claim is disputed and thus switch to a winning line of play when his original one was going to fail. Suppose you claim assuming no worse than a 4-1 split against you - and it is rejected. You ...
Speedball Claim
It doesn't work like that - even if declarer can have obtained the count he might have forgotton or made a mistake in his arithmetic. Doing so is merely 'careless or inferior'.
Ogust Followup (with your cards!)
The point is that if partner has a minimum then game is very unlikely, if he has better than a minimum then game is sufficiently likely to warrant bidding it. personally, as I said, I blame their system - 7 points is a HUGE range. From : QXXXXX :XX: JX: QX to ...
Ogust Followup (with your cards!)
Ah - but will you?
Ogust Followup (with your cards!)
4 has virtually no play opposite KQXXXX XX XXX KX and partner could have less than that. It would be silly not to find out more first
Need urgent help
I think with too many players there is a psychological block in advancing over 3NT. Partner is there, too, and if he doesn;t bid No trumps he probably has a reason.
Ogust Followup (with your cards!)
Well you need something if a bid has a 7 point range.I mean would you open 1NT = 12-18? I prefer the following responses. 3 - my hand is hopeless (default response) 3 - my hand has some redeeming features 3 - This is an average sort of hand. 3 ...
Ogust Followup (with your cards!)
If you are bidding 4 Spades then you must be assuming the contract is making opposite anything partner can have - since the opponents aren't going to be bidding game to make. For this to happen your partner is going to need about 7 working points - or a singleton in ...
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