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John Torrey
John Torrey
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Basic Information

Member Since
March 28, 2011
Last Seen
an hour 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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Comparable call
The forcing 1NT is the problem case for me. The spirit of the comparable call law is to allow a real bridge result, but eliminate cases where the offenders gain some advantage from the offense. When the response is a forcing 1NT, the opener always assumes that the responding hand ...
Bad Claim Case from San Francisco
Apart from the ruling, the dummy deserves a partnership demerit for putting the spades on his right.
Bakersfield club game
See, Case 22. I was the floor director in this case, heard the spoken evidence, and found it very credible. The top directors would not even listen: only written evidence (from system notes in this case, because nobody would or could write this ...
Bakersfield club game
Adjustment: There are (at least) two possible violations here: MI (misinformation) and UI (unauthorized information). We are still digesting the 2017 Laws, but 21B1(b) still says the the director should assume misinformation rather than mistaken bid. in the absence of evidence to the contrary. The convention card is the ...
How would you proceed?
Format problem. If I bid 4NT I need to have answers for 5, 5, 5 and 5 responses, but can't do that.
For The Record
The hand needs another card.
John Torrey's lead problem: AQJ8 96 J9764 A2
I'm a diamond leader, but Lead Captain says that the best lead is the spade ace, with the queen second. Close on set percent (A 23.9, 7 22.7), not so close on avg tricks (4.14 to 3.40).
Thoughts on the makeup of the BoD.
I run a twice-a-week afternoon club duplicate in the Durham/Chapel Hill NC area, in a full-time bridge center that can house 50+ tables. Several years back, Valerie Roberts (one of our local teachers) asked my club to host a novice game once a week for her students and other ...
Why use Neuberg?
I'll pass on the math quibbles. One problem with whatever method is used is that we decide that a difference of .01 matchpoint is enough to break a tie. As I understand it, in the factoring method currently used a difference of .01 matchpoint is essentially created by rounding ...
Is this a guess?
Sorry. Dummy had the 9, not the 8.

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