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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
Nov. 14
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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A Better Structure for Transfers over Opponents' One-Level Take-out Doubles
Who is showing the balanced hand? In my auction the partner of the doubler is showing a balanced hand. In your auction the partner of the 1NT bidder is showing the balanced hand. (OK he could double the 1NT bidder to also show a balanced hand - and then the doubler ...
A Better Structure for Transfers over Opponents' One-Level Take-out Doubles
1 - X - 1 (I have a balanced hand) - 1NT - I also have a balanced hand. Doesn't seem like the best plan, does it? By reducing the bidding level you not only help your partner you help your opponents - and there are two of them!
Is the double a comparable call?
"slimeball opponents can manipulate the situation to try and make sure that it does. " Law 10C "3. When these Laws provide the innocent side with an option after an irregularity committed by an opponent, it is appropriate to select the most advantageous action."
Help Needed
A similar deal appears in one of Victor Mollo's Menagerie Books - I think it costs Papa a case of magnum vintage Champagne.
Is the double a comparable call?
But it defines how things can be the same. An orange and an apple are similar. A Granny Smith is a subset of an apple. A letter and an e-mail have the same purpose. All are comparable.
Do you open all 12-counts?
KXX QXX AJXX QXX is a bog standard weak no trump bid in England - so I would open it. I would also open XX AKXXX XXX AXX since I have a safe rebid. Now AXX XXXX KXX AXX is a different kettle of fish. I would like to open it ...
Is the double a comparable call?
Or similar, or have the same intent. However it looks as if my decision at the table was incorrect.
Is the double a comparable call?
I think it all depends on how 'similar' is 'similar.' 1 = opening values and at least three clubs. No 5-card major X = opening values and at least three clubs. 4 Card Spades.
Is the double a comparable call?
Maybe not - but I did ask them.
ugly insufficient bid over multi 2D
I might be persuaded that 3 (willing to play in 4 if that is partner's suit might be comparable in that it is similar to a 1 opening call (opening values + hearts). The only difference is that it probably only shows 4 hearts instead of 5 ...
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