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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
3 hours ago
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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Can I wake up after partner fails to alert Kokish Relay?
There are NO LOGICAL ALTERNATIVES - you can do what you want. (b) A logical alternative is an action that a significant proportion of the class of players in question, [b]using the methods of the partnership[/b], would seriously consider, and some might select. In the current situation (after the ...
The law won
Pass the first - minor honours in at least one neutral suit. Bid the secod - looks pure.
DONT vs. Meckwell
In England the weak no trump is much more prevalent than in other countries, so our partnership keeps the penalty double in direct position. Fourth in hand (where partner is going to lead the wrong suit and the NT bidder lies over the strength) we play Meckwell.
‘Safety’ play
If A is with East you can afford to lose TWO spades. So you duck a spade completely. You can then play 2 more rounds when you get in and then run diamonds until the cows come home. 2 spades, heart, heart ruff and 6 diamonds comes to 10 ...
How Would You Proceed at T5 in this Tax Day KO Match?
I don't see why you should create a loser by throwing a winner.
Is this psyche legal?
If your [b]agreement[/b] is that it is game forcing then you (or your partner) should explain it as such. Next time add on - "but partner has been known to psych this call".
The bridge genius John Collings (1933-2005)
Jonathan's brother (George) plays at my bridge club (Durham) and has donated one of the (many) trophies Jonathan won for an annual competition.
ATB - we pushed them to slam. Again.
It's a perfcect time for East to fool around. I would suggest 3NT instead of 4 spades. Oppos may be less likely to bid the slam. e.g. South's 4 Heart bid might end the auction. (If doubled then you run of course, but opponents might then have ...
Polish Up Your Bridge 1
It's not nice writing -180 insted of +90 (you're probably getting a spade lead) but even one off for -50 is better. I am not a great, very good, or probably even good Bridge Player but I know enough to think: suppose I was the other side, what ...
something new
The person who has two hearts MIGHT only have had two spades KX
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