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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
4 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. Widowed 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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What do you say if anything?
Many years ago a book came out about a televised bridge match ("Grand Slam") - in it was one great piece of advise. "If your partner does something that you think is crass, then remember that he/ she probably had a reason". Partner's respopnse no doubt would be "Where was ...
Lightner not alerted - adjust?
I suspect it will depend on the RA - The EBU regard Lightner Doubles as being alertable "(c) Doubles or redoubles that are lead-directing but ask for the lead of a suit other than the suit doubled (or redoubled)" I am pretty sure there is a famous case where a Lightner ...
ATB - Fail to compete
The human factor is important. It takes a dispassionate player to stop bidding when they have a fit and switch to defence.
Memphis Natl Fast Pairs win taken away by Directors
Sorry - but NFL isn't ACBL. the NFL rules may disallow appeals after the next play starts, but the laws of Bridge allow appeals (or reviews) during the 'correction period' Note that if the call were disallowed you wouldn't be defending 5X anyway. Law 92 applies in bridge ...
Memphis Natl Fast Pairs win taken away by Directors
Even if you think you are not damaged, doesn't prevent you from being damaged. There is nothing in the laws to prevent someone asking for a director's ruling if they subsequently believe they have been damaged. (30 min after session ends except in exceptional circumstances) The object of ...
ATB - Fail to compete
-390 is 8 imps away (-500 and +110) +250 is 6 imps in (+140 and +110) So you only need to be right 60% of the time (being 'right' also includes opponents not doubling/ misplaying defence etc)
Lament of the Spade Three
Isn't one of the stories in "Right through the pack" one called "A trey wins by weight"? (The tale of the 3)
Clarification of Tom Kniest Hand
Those significant values might be about to take 4 three-off. There is no reason why south cannot hold KQXX in hearts for instance, for his 3NT call and his double. If North detects a BIT it suggests that South's assets aren't as good as they might be.
Clarification of Tom Kniest Hand
North's call presumably the "I have the tricks, do you have a heart stop" version. South confirms it. West bids 4 and South doubles it. Wouldn't you, holding AQX of hearts and partner promising tricks in the other suits. So the question really is: is there a ...
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