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John Torrey
John Torrey
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Basic Information

Member Since
March 28, 2011
Last Seen
6 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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Gold Life Master
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Hard dillema
The text says the 7 was second best. Partner has K73 or Q73.
Ethics applied to a playing director
I face similar situations from time to time. Robb makes an excellent suggestion, but one that might not be available always. The director in this position should tell his opponents at the start of the hand (or as soon as he becomes aware of it). In this case, you can ...
Transfers After 1m-(1!S)
My unpublished approach takes your last option: transfers start with 2. 2 can be bid with hands interested in notrump, where we may want to put the overcaller on lead, and 2 is the bid with clubs. You can't get to 2 this way, but ...
Director Ruling
Correct! To have an adjustment there must be an infraction. In this case the infraction might be Misinformation (MI). There is MI if the explanation is incorrect with respect to the pair's agreements. The explanation said Drury and the agreement IS Drury, so there was no MI. Case closed.
What exactly is an elopement?l
I'm not sure of the definition, but it feels right to say that a play in which you score your long trumps by ruffing instead of drawing trump is an elopement. (It's a kind of "dummy reversal" in which trumps are never drawn.) Say your trumps are AKxxx ...
Hool - A Prelude to Bridge
I would suggest that non-bridgeplayers would have no way to know this from the Hool rules on the net. Since non-bridgeplayrs are a big part of the population you would like to reach, the rules should be clarified.
Hool - A Prelude to Bridge
I'd like to play Hool with my (non-bridge-playing) family, but the rules as stated seem incomplete. Two questions: when bids are compared, do the suits have rank? (Is 3 a higher bid then 3?) How much must you bid to earn a game bonus?
Major Disagreement with NT Interference
I guess if you disagreed about the length of the club or diamond suit you bid, it would be a minor disagreement.
East played the jack at trick 1. West was the director and East was the guaranteed partner (not an experienced player). It was the first round, and North-South could have heard them agree to play DONT (but can't be assumed to be paying attention to that discussion).
John Torrey's bidding problem: AJT95 KT 53 AJ85
My original error, now corrected. Good catch, Gary. Sorry, others who answered.

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