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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
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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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Comparable call
Whilst I appreciate your position, historically the rectification for a call out of turn was pretty severe (partner had to pass), so allowing the auction to continue is definitely more equitable. However we have two choices: (not quoting laws verbatim here) 1) regard the call out of turn as providing ...
Is the auction over?
Only in part - the last sentence can apply even if there has been no opening lead.
Is the auction over?
EBU regulations "Some players do not always complete the auction properly by laying a pass card on the table in the pass out seat. Usually this does not cause a problem. When a player acts in such a way as to indicate they have passed and an opening lead is ...
Hoffman v Coles - The Psych from Brd 19 Women's QF8 of 8 - 8/12/19 Australia
In which case there is an implicit agreement to open (and respond) 3 card majors with bad hands at favourable.
Sherlock's SB story
Yep - just re-read my (Manning)
A "strong" 2C ruling in SB's favour
And we have players who deliberately utilise variances in the laws/ regulations to confuse opponents. (An example given was an opening 2 call which was either a weak hand with clubs or an exceptionally strong hand (37 points). This meant it had to be alerted and many players would ...
Sherlock's SB story
I am pretty sure I have read a story/ heard a tale with a similar theme many (for me) years ago. i.e. a player sees opponents bid a stupid contract and realises/ suspects that the reason why they did so was that they had EI but got the wrong ...
Comparable call
The 1997 rule for an IB was (in part) "If either the insufficient bid or the lowest sufficient bid in the same denomination may have been conventional or if the bid is corrected by any other sufficient bid or by a pass, (penalty) the offender’s partner must pass whenever ...
Comparable call
I am not so sure - if there was UI then a player could not choose from logical alternatives one that was demonstrably suggested by the said UI - thus reducing his chances of getting to the right contract. In the current wording you have greater latitude - e.g. if 75% of ...
Comparable call
Quick example - you bid 5 1430 Roman keycard so you have zero or three Key Cards. Unfortunately your RHO bid 5 as a sacrifice in front of you. 5 is not accepted. You now replace your 5 with a double (DOPI) showing zero key cards. A ...
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