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John Torrey
John Torrey
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Member Since
March 28, 2011
Last Seen
May 23
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 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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Gold Life Master
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John Torrey's bidding problem: --- KQ982 AQJ975 Q3
For those curious about the result: If you bid you will be down 1 in 7 hearts or diamonds, down 8 in 6NT if partner passes (which mine would have, I'm convinced). If you pass you will be +200. All these scores sit in the gap between -620 and ...
Score adjustment against/ No score adjustment for my partnership?
The title suggests that the director adjusted the NS score and not the EW. I'm not sure that any adjustment is called for, but if the director does award an adjusted score under Law 73E2, the adjustment should apply to both pairs unless there is a substantial reason otherwise ...
An Unusual Ending
Declarer's discard from dummy on the first losing spade trick depends on which defender will win that trick. It might be possible for East and West to obscure their spade holdings and make the discard more difficult - but I did not see a good deceptive sequence. (East's failure ...
An Unusual Ending
North was also a robot. I was South, but got to declare the hand.
John Torrey's bidding problem: A42 T863 JT2 KJ7
Just checking. I am aware that I balance less than some would. I admit I didn't think it close at the time.
John Torrey's bidding problem: A42 T863 JT2 KJ7
North & South had ♠ 8 7 ♥ K 7 ♦ A Q 9 8 ♣ A Q 8 5 3 ♠ J 10 9 5 ♥ A 9 5 4 2 ♦ 6 5 3 ♣ 6 East led a club and (with no remarkable brilliance or blunders) 1 made 1 - which was the only plus for ...
Director's ruling problem in a claim
Law 70A "...the Director adjudicates the result of the board as equitably as possible to both sides..." This would seem to make equity a strong consideration. That said, claims with unstated lines are common, and a common source of possibly unnecessary distress. I think it would improve the Laws to ...
Winning Leads
These books have been Important to my own game. I have quibbles (they do not give enough focus on partner's expected strength, and their matchpoint slam analysis ignores that when opponents make a slam against you where your lead matters, you are looking at 30% or so at best ...
Vu-Bridge Bacon Day Hand
Right! And a pretty play it is. West has Q J 10 7 6 J 9 x x A J 9 8 The analysis after the hand says, "The biding shows a dummy with exactly five Hearts, four Diamonds, three Spades and one Club. The opponents have taken advantage of ...
Is there a trick to lose
Law 90: "The Director...may also assess procedural penalties for any offense that unduly delays or obstructs the game, inconveniences other contestants, violates correct procedure..." Many of these apply here. I would not do this in my club, but higher the level of this event, the more I feel a ...

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