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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
3 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!
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Barry Rigal's bidding problem: AQJ4 86 75 AK642
But you have the chance to 'raise' 0 spades to 1 spade.
Logical but easy to miss
Trump to King, duck a trump, lose three tricks, draw trumps and run the hearts from the top - easy peasy.
Ethics, gamesmanship and the law
Something I will mention, not unrelated to the topic. A. Substitute Board The Director shall not exercise his Law 6 authority to order one board redealt when the final result of a match without that board could be known to a contestant. Instead, he awards an adjusted score. Would seem ...
Ethics, gamesmanship and the law
Why can't you claim '0 tricks'?
Ethics, gamesmanship and the law
Lets see - OP wants to know whether he is likely to pickup a big swing. Isn't that gamesmanship as well - since his opponent doesn't have to tell him?
Was this ruling correct?
I wonder whether he is entitled to do so. He is allowed to know that South has a weak jump shift, but not that NS are (presumably) having a bidding misunderstanding.
Was this ruling correct?
Yes - combined UI/MI cases are notoriously difficult. “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” AC Doyle.
Was this ruling correct?
I think you may be incorrect on 1) - since West was the hand that passed out the auction.
Was this ruling correct?
THe only quibbles I have are 1) did the director offer West the chance to bid. 2) South should have called the director before correcting the explanation. 3) As usual the director seems to have been too simplistic in his ruling (apologies if not) - since from the information given, 2 ...
Was this ruling correct?
Well look at it this way - partner opens 1 Club, you show a weak hand with hearts and partner now bids 2NT - the UI you have suggests that it is best to pass - so if bidding 3 (or 4) is a logical alternative then you have to make ...
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