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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
an hour 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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Director's explanations on comparable calls
I can't imagine an on-line video about comparable calls to be 'short'. The videos are Introduction The revoke Opening lead out of turn Unintended call Insufficient bid ** Call out of turn ** Misinformation (** And pre-date the 2017 laws) - and are basically 'rule-book' rather than 'judgement' rulings
Pass out of turn and later using a call not normally chosen
Certainly (1) is pretty obvious since the offender is not gaining frm the irregularity (he has had to make a non-optimal response). 2) may be surprising, but it follows from the fact that the consequences of an irregularity are deemed to be AI. (16A1C) (c) it is information specified in ...
More Legal Eagles (push poll)
Oh you must carefully avoid taking advantage of the UI. I am merely drawing attention to the fact that a LA is restricted - and even if there are possible alternative calls that can be made, they may not fall under the definition of "logical alternative". If the fact that the ...
It's a claim - declarer refers to other tricks in his statement and faced his hand (without any other intent being incontrovertible). So he doesn't play a trump - he plays a spade losing a trick, making 4. If he draws the trump then he makes 1 trump trick, 3 ...
In a Hurry
I must admit that the 9 looks looks like a 9 to me. (page 2)
More Legal Eagles (push poll)
Oh that was just to remind everyone of the actual wording. In particular the requirement that when adjudicating these situations, you must not try and impose your own interpretation of what calls may mean when they are made by another partnership. The partnership has no agreement at all as to ...
More Legal Eagles (push poll)
Well I am asking about LA's to the 5NT call - that is if there are any (as defined). Responses to the 5NT matter is something else.
More Legal Eagles (push poll)
The legal auction is always AI - the question is: is partner's totally unexpected bid sufficient to know that he has not spotted that 3 was a transfer. If it isn't (and therefore the AI does not replicate the UI), are there any calls that are "logical alternatives ...
Who bid wrongly?
Might be better to pretend one is a heart - if you pretend one is a club then you have an entry to your partner's running suit.
Alert Question
"Is AKQJxxxx Jxx - Jx "strong" in your view (independent of any regulations)?" Strong offensively, weak defensively. You will make a lot more tricks with spades as trumps than if another suit was trumps - which is basically the definition of a pre-emptive call. Here are your options/ allowed agreements - in ...
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