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John Portwood
John Portwood
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 23, 2011
Last Seen
just now
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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ACBL Ranking
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Are you in shape? We weren't
Sometimes a convention is so good that people forget that it has any downsides at all. (What would a 3 instead of a 2 call have meant? West has the extras)
Declining the revoke penalty
True - but you could have just quoted law 81B1 B. Restrictions and Responsibilities 1. The Director is responsible for the on‐site technical management of the tournament. He has powers to remedy any omissions of the Tournament Organizer. So if the TO forgets to turn on the heating or Air ...
Are you in shape? We weren't
Well you lose 2 diamonds, a club and a heart (and could go down if the spade King is offside) and so make 9 tricks. Playing pairs that is probably not a good score.
Declining the revoke penalty
Calling the director in a discourteous manner to him or the opponents is specifially noted in the laws. as something that a player "should refrain from"
Declining the revoke penalty
True (although 64C still applies) - in this case declarer ruffed in hand (so this trick is removed to the opponents) and one other is as well. I am sure that morally the OP feels justified, but at what stage does the "two pleasant old ladies", become "two odious squabbling juniors"?
Declining the revoke penalty
Fully agree - but how often is it applied? When it happens in the club at my table (at least once a session) and I explain the options there is blank incredulity (Yes I know it is not for me to rule/ explain the laws when playing, but we have a ...
Are you in shape? We weren't
Maybe a good idea to discuss what a raise of the 4th suit means. The only thing to note is that whether a raise is natural will depend on whether the FSF is forcing for one round or to game. If only for one round then a raise definitely risks ...
The History of History (Part 1)
If you do apply "A Newtonian observation such as F=MA can be tested." then you will find that for everyday observation it is correct. However, it is only correct because (unless you take the time and trouble) you can only investigate it under non-relatavistic speeds. The actual hypothesis is ...
Ethical or not?
Appeal to TD - no discernable bridge reason.
What is the right thing to do?
Law 25A2 2. If the player’s original intent was to make the call selected or voiced, that call stands. A change of call may be allowed because of a mechanical error or a slip of the tongue, but not because of a loss of concentration regarding the intent of ...
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