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John Torrey
John Torrey
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Member Since
March 28, 2011
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8 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
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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
Favorite Conventions
Astro
BBO Username
jtxyzzy
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Trick 1.
The club 6 appears in both South and West.
Trick One Defense
That's a very good question. I held the hand and became entranced with the converse: when does it lose to play low? when partner has QJxx and declarer lets the 8 win, the suit will be blocked, possibly impeding an entry to dummy's diamonds - and on other layouts ...
Club Ruling
I updated the OP: they would not play 2 as a transfer after an opening 1NT and 2 overcall. The exact situation is not discussed. (E-W are a very regular partnership.)
A Three-Table Party Ladder
As I wrote above, the Event went off well enough. I should probably have noted explicitly what I think is a good feature of the ladder as it exists: by its swiss-individual properties, it concentrates winners at table 1. The table-1 winning pair in the fourth round can with some ...
A Three-Table Party Ladder
Just back from The Event. The beginners played 4 rounds of 4 boards each, and finished before the other sections (which played more boards). Non-fussy scoring was enough to determine what pair won each round - some scorers did not give the part-score bonus, for example. (We did have table mats ...
A Three-Table Party Ladder
Thanks, but that's not what I want. For a beginner/party game I do not want short rounds and matchpoint scoring: the movement I have is about right, but might be tweakable. These players are not ready for score comparisons (but they might get the idea: we'll share ...
So Cool ... And Kind of Mean
I like a verwion of Minibridge where the possible part-score contracts are 1NT, 2H, 2S, 3C and 3D. No wimpy 1C contracts, please! In this version a 20-20 tie is broken by the number of spades, but there is no suggested way to determine this without revealing each player's ...
John Torrey's lead problem: A98 J42 97543 A5
The hand is from the World Bridge Games Women's championships (Decemer ACBL Bulletin page 15). Partner has xxx in clubs and the ace of hearts. Sylvia Shi led the ace of clubs, which was necessary to beat the hand. The text implied that the lead was obvious; I thought ...
John Torrey's bidding problem: AQ972 6 AT7 J963
East had something like Kxx AKQJxx xxx x
What is the correct ruling?
Right: must see the hands.
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