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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
20 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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Nickell vs. Lall - Last Board
Is Rodwell a light opener? Having AK of hearts might suggest not having Q of clubs as well. The hand was opened on the other room so it must have been close.
How do you sort out this one?
Well yes - unfortunately declarer has just lost the K in finding out the misexplanation (equity) or misbid (no adjustment). One point not noted - Declarer knows that East has probably misbid due to the leaving of the table and West's comment. Should they be held culpable for not taking ...
How do you sort out this one?
East has UI from explanation that XX is a runout to clubs (it is possible to add on extras onto this and that should be investigated) West has UI from east running to Director. So First of all, let's look at the UI for East. (West has not given ...
David Burn's bidding problem: A9 AKQJ2 AK97 T8
I'd like to know if there is a 'pick a slam' option for 5 or 5NT. Let partner make the final guess.
Well - that depends on what 3 systematically means. If it is some form of superacceptance then North has psyched and you then bid 4 as a shutout (if that's your system) or cue 4 if you want to be very aggressive. Alternatively you may feel that ...
A difficult ruling?
That is a valid reason for an appeal, if the appeal committee find the director ruling grossly unfair, then NS can still gain.
Does "carefully avoid taking advantage" stretch to assuming LHO has psyched 2nd in hand? I haven't seen any case law or guidance. (Assuming partner has psyched of course is worse). I think it is an extreme view. (Of course partner might decide to take it out - maybe you have ...
A difficult ruling?
Well we don't know that South didn't know - he might just have forgotton to alert.
Yuan Shen's bidding problem: AKQT875 --- AKJ985 ---
Partner held J JXXXX QX XXXXX Opponents XXX AXXX XX AQXX opposite XX KQXX XXX KJXX
Unusual Avoidance
There is a hand in one of Victor Mollo's Menagerie series about the Hogg not permitting opponents to make the best defence by using the same play (leading off dummy, hoping East doesn't go up with QXX) and lead through a vulnerable holding. "By taking account of the ...
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