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John Torrey
John Torrey
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Basic Information

Member Since
March 28, 2011
Last Seen
20 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
Favorite Conventions
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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BBO Follies -- Little Lessons Learned
The solution to the problem should perhaps point out that the recommended play succeeds against 4-2 diamonds and 5-0 spades (where you need only one diamond ruff in dummy and can draw 5 rounds of trump). The hands shown in the solution section do change according to the line being ...
Over My Shoulder - commentary by Zach Grossack
Turn on the closed captioning! It's very creative in interpreting bridge lingo.
Have You Seen This Type of Psychic
I would suspect that the bidder forgot, made the bid, and then remembered and alerted. I'm not an expert on online alerting, but I think that is official guideance in that situation. As noted above, including the comment that partner might forget would be a good thing.
Coronavirus and the Club Ecosystem
Brainstorming: If every player had a tablet, a modification of the BBO protocol to eliminate half-tables could work. Space management could be a problem under the 6-foot distance rule, but there is no reason for partners or opponents to be near each other. PLayers might find that the social aspect ...
Governor Dewine announcement
If the ACBL is concerned about the financial consequences of cancelling when not explicitly ordered to do so, they might ask whether a jury would find them negligent for holding the event, if someone (or more than one) subsequently sues.
Invitations and Acceptances
I recall an article in The Bridge World (May, 1993 according to their online index) titled Inviting and Accepting, by John Lindsey II and Richard Zeckhauser. Extensive mathematical analysis supported the dinner party rule in a base case of raising 1NT to 2. (I have the issue somewhere, I think...)
John Torrey's bidding problem: AK92 Q543 Q95 AJ
This was a ruling poll. It established that Pass was a logical alternative. Case closed, with no hard feelings.
Which law applies?
Right you are! In the curent Laws, 16C2 is the correct citation, and it addresses the problem so directly and explicitly that I can't understand this long discussion. (Same exact wording as the old 16D2.)
Which law applies?
I think the correct reference is to Law 16D2, not 16C2. 16D2 is titled, "Information from Withdrawn Calls and Plays." Application of this Law would allow the king of clubs to score.
Arrow-Switches, Solved
Sharing with 3 or 4 board rounds: not a movement bottleneck, but can create board-number errors when using Bridgemates - a non-serious annoyance. OTOH, one 4-board round is quite a bit faster than 2 2-board rounds.

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