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Katie Thorpe
Katie Thorpe
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 11, 2011
Last Seen
July 17
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I'm a retired IT professional now living in a small southwestern Ontario town with my husband, John Carruthers, and our two cats, Scully and Emma (Peel).


I started playing bridge in university, was introduced to duplicate in 1970 and here I am many years later, having taken some years off due to demands of work and family. I've been very fortunate to have represented Canada internationally on and off since 1984.


I also enjoy genealogy, gardening, reading and travelling.






Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Olympiad 1988 in Venice
Bridge Accomplishments
Venice Cup Bronze 1989, Olympiad Silver 2000, Master Mixed Teams 1991
Regular Bridge Partners
Marty Kirr, Ina Demme
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Favorite Tournaments
New Orleans, Las Vegas
Favorite Conventions
Modified Bergen, XYZ
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Please Rank your Top 3 Favorite systems played by you
Yes would choose 5533 3rd but not otherwise.
A friend has gone - Jon Sveindal has left the Green table
Such sad news - Jon was not only a great player & writer but also a lovely person. Our condolences to his family - Katie & John
I look for a very old book of bridge
Paul Lavings in Australia has one of the best selections of old whist/contract/auction books ... see He doesn't seem to have this one but he might have some ideas.
European Championships current standings
Ha Ha Steve!
What event would you play in?
I answered 2 Day KO but would be happy with BAM. On the other hand not likely to ever play a year-end regional as we have long-standing plans over the holiday period.
"Playing Up" - An open letter to Jay Whipple
How I miss the days of novice (0-20 at the time) and Open (everyone else). Much better for learning and improving, and the 0-20's could play the Open if they wished.
Eric Murray 1928-2018
RIP Eric, I'll miss you. Coincidentally, the Canadian Bridge Federation's HOF induction ceremony - as part of Canadian Bridge Week - is this Wednesday evening in Montreal, so sadly many of us cannot attend in Toronto. There will be a remembrance of ERM in Montreal as part of the ceremonies.
How I would revise our NABC Tournaments
"Make it exclusive to attract the big bucks while giving the economical guy a chance to play with the masses." Ugh. I'm not quite the economical guy but neither can I afford the big bucks you're discussing. Nationals are expensive enough as it is. I'm ONLY interested ...
What will keep you coming back to NABCs?
I voted for choice of host city .. prefer tp play some and see interesting places as well. But cost is also a factor. And I'd really prefer more daylight hours events...national events that is.
Who will watch the watchers?
That wasn't the only case - there were several. The rules have now been changed - a call from someone watching on TV no longer has any impact. See
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