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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
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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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On computer versus hand shuffling
yes - but back in the 1990s and early 2000s we did not have such a machine. (The laws say nothing about the last round btw - although it is irrelevant legally it should be done. FWIS.)
On computer versus hand shuffling
One of our (now deceased) players used to ask (pre duplimating) everyone at the club to shuffle their 13 cards after the board was played for the last time, before returning them to the board. This of course is now common practice, enshrined in law, and should happen (Law 7C ...
The price of pessimism
I would respond 2NT instead of raising diamonds. That at least tells partner I have 15-17 points and a balanced hand and is forcing to game. Partner bids 4NT quantitative and I have an obvious raise to 6NT (or 5NT PAS if played).
John Portwood's bidding problem: A AKQ98765 --- KJT8
Although we don't play it - some partnerships use 3S to ask partner to bid 3NT with a spade stop else bid 4 Cklubs.
2!d Opening to Show a Balanced 18-19 HCP?
I don't like forcing to 2NT on 18 or 19 points - but I suppose it depends on your responses. FWIW 2C - 2X - 2N = 20-21 (part of a benji Style 2C) 2D - 2X - 2N = 22-23 (part of a Multi 2D) 2C-2D-2H-2S-2N = 24-25 2C - 2X - 3N = 26-27 2D - 2X - 3N = 28-29 ...
On computer versus hand shuffling
South has them both - North has AX - but of course I don't know that.
On computer versus hand shuffling
Here is a hand I misplayed last night AQJT7...... K86 KQ65....... 987 A8............. KJT4 85............ KQ2 Final contract 4 spades on a spade lead. No problem - if the Ace of hearts is onside or the Ace of Clubs is onside or I chose the correct diamond ...
On computer versus hand shuffling
What I would like to know is why finesses seem to fail for me about 75% of the time.
Most east-west pairs got in the auction. Should they have
So it should be (if possible). That is not to say it is a bad bid - I would make it (not that's saying very much). But, looking at South's point of view, you are vulnerable, have the minority of points and don't have LAW protection.
Dealing with Unusual Michaels
I wouldn't have let you change your call - there seems to have been no infraction under the ACBLs logical rules, and it is up to you to check.
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