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Katie Thorpe
Katie Thorpe
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 11, 2011
Last Seen
Oct. 8
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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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 ...
Re: Nic Hammond's "Detecting Cheating at Bridge"
With Bridgemates also do not really need scorecards, pencils, etc. Although I'd miss keeping score and it might be harder to catch Bridgemate mistakes.
Re: Nic Hammond's "Detecting Cheating at Bridge"
Screens do assist with some forms of collusive c***ting, and perhaps were originally intended for that, but as we have seen sadly they don't stop it all. For me their biggest advantages are the minimization of unintentional UI, and for whatever reason, an ability to concentrate better. Love ...
David Caplan (1964-2019) - Our Story
A lovely tribute, and a lot of wonderful memories.
Open Las Vegas Discussion Thread
Agree with Shawn - this will almost certainly be the last time I visit Vegas. Crowded, noisy, smoky, expensive - generally in your face obnoxious. And everything bridge is a long walk and confusing. And I agree with the silliness of not selling coffee near the playing sites!
Moss and Demuy Win LM Pairs
Apparently you just had to wait a little. Now many hours later we do not seem to know the winners - amazing incompetence.
Thanks, Fred Gitelman
Congratulations and enjoy! There is no way to thank you enough for BBO and your contributions. And I see retirement is already reaping benefits :) Congrats on your GNT win!!!
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