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John Torrey
John Torrey
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Basic Information

Member Since
March 28, 2011
Last Seen
10 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
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ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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John Torrey's bidding problem: A K8 KQ7632 AKT4
Time for the Big Reveal. I am embarrassed to admit that some of this was driven by a desire to redeem my own miserable result. That said - North had J 10 3 8 6 5 4 2 A J Q 6 2 You want to be in 3NT most of ...
John Torrey's bidding problem: A K8 KQ7632 AKT4
If you bid 4H, partner will pass. Nobody in the BBO event was reported as bidding 3S after our consensus start. (BBO thinks that 3S shows "3+ S, 5+ D, biddable C") I invested a BB$ to find out what partner would bid over 3S: it was 3NT. I'll ...
John Torrey's bidding problem: A K8 KQ7632 AKT4
Third round at
John Torrey's bidding problem: A K8 KQ7632 AKT4
At the tables there were variations in both. Tougher decisions coming up. If this one is lopsided (quite possible) I'll post the next sooner.
John Torrey's bidding problem: A K8 KQ7632 AKT4
17-0 is enough. On to the second round, at
Redesigned Bridge Club
I had to unplug my sarcasm-detector - it was beeping so much I couldn't think. Now that it's off, I have to say that "handling playing cards" seems to me to be the Big Problem with face-to-face bridge. The ACBL "highly" recommends that each table have its own stack ...
What do you lead?
(I missed the "your side is silent." Sorry.) It took me a while to decide that partner had not been the 1S bidder. In the given auction, the "East-West" passes are not shown. Much better to present this as an opening-lead problem. The Bridgewinners software takes care of the formatting ...
What is the name of this play?
There is a virtually equivalent play on page 112 of The Rodwell Files. Rodwell calls it "Chinese High Card Promotion."
John Torrey's bidding problem: --- QJ6 T8532 AKJT2
I voted for 5, but I'm recalling discussions in the Master Solver's Club about whether that should show heart support or something like ---,x,Qxx,AKJxxxxxx. With heart support there are other options.
BBO Declare Only Hand
It's time to reveal the bridge logic promised in my OP, but I'm not sure I can keep the promise. I thought that the lesson of the hand was that the play in spades must be managed to keep West unable to lead clubs: this is still a ...

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