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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
2 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!
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
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TD Ruling
"Extremely serious error, unrelated to the infraction" - we are talking about revokes or not cashing AK Vs a 6NT contract.
TD Ruling
3 (on the lead), 5 and A. South thought East had 5 clubs and so a lock on the finesse for a 10th trick (at MPs). If given the correct information South would eschew the club finesse and just take his 9 tricks, being pleasantly surprised when ...
TD Ruling
North had the correct information (the bid showing both majors). South having the correct information (and knowing North has the same information) is going to bid 3NT - after all he did so at the table in the knowledge that he had no heart stop when it is quite likely that ...
TD Ruling
Also: it has to be unrelated to the infraction. Failing to diagnose that an opponent might not after all have clubs when the infraction is the statement that he does have clubs, is definitely related to the infraction.
TD Ruling
Seems straightforward. South had misinformation and was damaged as a result. No doubt in teams he would have taken the 9 tricks (and ended up with 10). (Psychologically it is VERY hard to change one's original perceptions.)
What to do
Well so far you have shown 0 key cards and you actually have 3. I know the EBU white book says it MIGHT be acceptable if you have the higher value, this of course is not a gimmee. Partner may be concerned you have a very distributional hand (5,1 ...
UI: What does it suggest? (Part 3)
Ed - I think this comes under law 73C "carefully avoid taking advantage", rather than Law 16B. Bidding something in the hope that it will be better than 3NT fails this test.
Find The Human
Richard - obviously some of my bridge partners are not human then.
RHO open 1NT, you have 2524 and 15 points
I Play Meckwell and HELO depending on the NT strength but will pass this hand - far too defensive in nature. Lead a heart and get your +50/100 (assuming it is passed out).
Can a declarer ask what the contract is?
Well, when I am playing there is often more than one dummy at the table.
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