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Katie Thorpe
Katie Thorpe
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 11, 2011
Last Seen
Feb. 13
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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Crowdfunding for New Bridge Organization
I would be - hope Phil would be too.
BIT - Logical Alternatives Poll
I tried to change my vote to #1 after I accidentally abstained. It hasn't worked yet so making this comment!
Myrtle Beach Review
Agree with Shawn - try to avoid 1/7 - much prefer dinner after both sessions with some wine!
Convention Cards in NABC+ events
Yes Yes Yes! So annoying and while I can forgive it in side games and even in Regional events, it is inexcusable in NABC+ events where even "pickup" partnerships have spent some considerable time to discuss system. Also agree re not printing the scorecard inside - use the space to make ...
Voting for new KBA name
Just received an email from the ACBL Educational Foundation entitled "Bridge to the Future". So beware of two groups with the same/similar catch phrase! Unless intentional of course ....
Lost in Translation?
Ugh. Demand a refund. Totally unacceptable.
Beth Palmer (1952-2019)
RIP Beth, you were the best - a wonderful player and a wonderful opponent and a genuinely nice person. You'll be missed. Condolences to all your family.
An alternative Alerting Policy
Or perhaps a pre-alert. "We don't play transfers over our 1NT opening". I can see that. I hate the idea of alerting a natural 2M here - everyone will assume a transfer.
1NT - 2M to play: Alertable?
I have been playing in WBF Championships since 1978 ... yes we alert behind screens as the opponents have the right NOT to ask. Mostly they do ask but not always. And I have played 1NT-P-2M as NATURAL the whole 40+ years with multiple partners! While I agree it is not ...
World Bridge Games ("Olympiad") 2020
Agree with Frances and Steve B! The problem seems to be convincing some NBO - with the appropriate facilities and resources - to hold it (which usually involves raising a large amount of $$). That rules out most smaller NBOs, Canada included. In 2018 at the WBF press conference they definitely mentioned Istanbul ...
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