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John Torrey
John Torrey
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Basic Information

Member Since
March 28, 2011
Last Seen
9 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Director
about me
Semi-retired as ACBL director after 16 years. Still thinking and writing about the game; no "full time" partnerships

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Three and a half articles by me were published in the Bridge World (1990s). My Bridge Cartoon is st
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Triangle BC, Durham NC
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ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Question from Opponent after Dummy comes down
Did anyone else spend time wondering whether the auction was 1 Pass 1 Pass 1NT and not 1 1 1NT All Pass? It's the former.
John Torrey's bidding problem: K9653 KQ62 AK52 ---
East had AQxxxx, xx, --, JTxxx. At the table, West bid 4 and it made 7 on a diamond lead. 3 looks like an unlucky start, but when East bids 4 (not 4!) that is probably enough to get to 6.
John Torrey's bidding problem: AQT6 K632 4 QT75
Fixed, at least partly.
John Torrey's lead problem: 742 JT98 Q43 KT4
This was a quiz question that did not specify. The quiz answer was to lead a club, based on the threat of dummy's diamonds and our vulnerable diamond queen. (For quiz purposes, a heart lead is a "mistake".) Your point is valid, but "Any" captures the original problem.
John Torrey's bidding problem: 7 AJ8 AJ76 QJT95
Yes, they did. But the whole thing is complex and difficult. The test is part of the unit mentor/mentee program, which is a very good thing, IMO. Many of the mentors are far from expert players and the role of the unit in guiding the bridge aspects of the ...
Efficient bridge thinking tricks, and how to learn them
If I had a Bols Tip, it would be "Lead first through the short hand." This combines "what should I do" with the "what's going on" because you have to figure out the short hand to apply it, and that leads to considering the distribution of the unseen hands ...
Goran Drazic's bidding problem: Ax J9x AKT9x AQx
One reason is that you can "fast answer" a number of polls without viewing the whole problem statement.
ACBL Tests Online NABC Event
As I read it, there will not be groups of 18. All entrants will be in the same "section," with the top 18 getting points.
Club Ruling
I was the director. (I told East I would treat his objection as an Appeal and let Bridgewinners decide.) My problem with this suggestion is the cognitive limits of the N-S players. Some time ago one of them needed a ride home. He took out his driver license (I don ...
Unnecessary Squeeze
Page 10: "...a blackout thinking that South has two trumps left..." You mean East, not South.

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