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John Torrey
John Torrey
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Basic Information

Member Since
March 28, 2011
Last Seen
3 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
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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
Astro
BBO Username
jtxyzzy
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Club Ruling
I hope that this thread is addressing Ray Yuenger's incident and not the OP. In the OP case, I was uncomfortable making the otherwise (to me) clear adjustment to EW +130, for the reasons I stated. I think a Bridgewinners poll like this one is an excellent way for ...
Club Ruling
The weight-of-cards argument for double from East's perspective is that West has 10 or 11 HCP, so NS have 16 or 17. This affects the prospect of setting 4, and also the probability that 4 will be bid at other tables. I would assess this as very ...
Club Ruling
The BIT was acknowledged, though South said it had no bearing on his action.
John Torrey's bidding problem: J9852 J AJ7 Q964
Ruling situation: South's pass was slow, and North bid 2. I said I'd let this poll decide whether pass should be mandated at this turn. At 20-3 (current count) I think not. (South now bid 3NT, which was cold...)
John Torrey's bidding problem: 632 K96 AQ9 AT62
The quiz Correct Answer was 2 . I did not expect 20-0 for 1 NT.
Is Not Making an Idiot Play Hard?
It would be worth a lot more, but is not reachable in a declare-only event, where the contract is a given.
Is Not Making an Idiot Play Hard?
Nobody scored better than 640. If half the field (including you) scored 640, you would have 75% - so a bit more than half avoided idiocy. Probably about par.
How do you rule on this sitiuation
The ACBL takes the position that evidence in these cases must be written, in the form of system notes. I recall a ruling from the 2003 New Orleans NABC, on which I was the floor director. See Case 22 in the Casebook (http://web2.acbl.org/casebooks/New_Orleans_Fall03.pdf). North ...
How do you rule on this sitiuation
See Law 21B1(b): "The Director is to presume Mistaken Explanation rather than Mistaken Call in the absence of evidence to the contrary." There was MI. It's not clear what adjustment is appropriate, but there should be one, even if we dislike both North's 2 and South ...
John Torrey's bidding problem: --- KQ982 AQJ975 Q3
For those curious about the result: If you bid you will be down 1 in 7 hearts or diamonds, down 8 in 6NT if partner passes (which mine would have, I'm convinced). If you pass you will be +200. All these scores sit in the gap between -620 and ...
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