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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!
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Unauthorized Information - when do you need to pass and when can you bid?
Yes - information from the legal auction is usually AI BUT only (a) it derives from the legal calls and plays of the current board (including illegal calls and plays that are accepted) and [b]is unaffected by unauthorized information from another source[/b]; Of course a lot depends on partnership ...
Unauthorized Information - when do you need to pass and when can you bid?
The simplest answer is: Does the pause by West demonstrably suggest additional values - if no then there is no problem, but I can't think of anything else it could be in context. if so then the UI demonstrably suggests that East can do better by bidding on. If so ...
Would you call for the director?
It is normally recommended that if an explanation is to be give of a call then saying "Stayman", "Gerber", "Blackwood","Ghestem", "LTTC" etc is not enough. Why then should we feel that "constructive raise", "limit raise", "mixed raise", "pre-emptive raise" are sufficient to describe a hand? If my partner bids ...
Would you call for the director?
I hope not, Ray, since to ask a question with the sole purpose of getting a wrong answer is now an infraction (20G2) - mind you I think it would be very difficult to prove this, even if it were true. "In general, the more ‘room’ you leave partner, the more ...
Strike Gold
I must note that comment - when was the last time anyone here passed holding 11 HCP and a 5-card major. If it does the final contract looks like 3 which looks harder - but NS lost on the play (not running 9) not on the auction.
Would you call for the director?
I can think of hands a lot worse. We don't know the methods employed - but a direct 3 call would probably have been pre-emptive based on 4 trumps but a much weaker hand. If partner has values then they could include diamond honours, which gives a source of ...
Would you call for the director?
If we look at losers (8) it seems that 3 is the default level of support (perhaps 2 if we allow South to be weak in third (does that ever happen)). The hand has values (Ace, 4 decent trumps, ruffing value). Now we don't know what South ...
What's an Intermediate?
I wonder what the 'throwaway' comment was. "I have a great raise for you" = don't send it back "I may have overreached here" = do send it back. I assume it was similar to the former.
Insufficient Bid
Jeff - it does not per se: it says (inter alii) A call that replaces a withdrawn call is a comparable call, if it: 1. has the same or similar meaning as that attributable to the withdrawn call, or 2. defines a subset of the possible meanings attributable to the withdrawn ...
Would you ever refuse to play a particular opponent?
I would have thought that being drunk would be a positive reason to welcome a player at the table (especially rubber) - ex vino duplicitas
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