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John Torrey
John Torrey
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Member Since
March 28, 2011
Last Seen
19 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 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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Another year,another forcing pass calamity.
So if opener had passed instead of bidding 5, you would play that as forcing?
Awkward situation - AI, UI or neither?
As director I'd try very hard to repair the situation. I'll assume that the card-backs are not unique (ACBL card-backs have six colors), and that the aces "match" the decks in use. Assume that the situation is discovered after the first round. Let the players bring the ...
Procedural Penalty
Thanks. I see that this is new with the 2017 Laws. I missed it because I was looking for "procedural" which does not appear. It is interesting that the new Laws frequently add provision for penaltiy-in-addition-to-adjustment, as in 40B4: When a side is damaged by an opponent’s use of ...
Procedural Penalty
Not saying it's not there, but I've looked and not found it. Where do the Laws say this?
Procedural Penalty
Edgar Kaplan built a structure in which we could adjust the score without telling players that they were unethical. Now we can tell them they are unethical without adjusting the score.
TD Corner: Some movements for small clubs (ACBLScore) - 6T 7T 12T
Movement names are not standardized. In ACBLscore-eze "Appendix Mithell" means you are adding 1 1/2 table to a base movement, with the full added table sharing boards with table 1 and an EW sitout between the added table and table 1. ACBLscore includes "Web-like movements" for sections with an ...
Active ethics: A Step too Far?
I changed my vote from Bridge_too_far to Other. My respect for my partner is not affected by whether he confesses to an undetected revoke that had no effect on the outcome. (If the revoke had an effect on the outcome, I'd say confession is ethically mandatory, whatever the Laws ...
Movement Question
For extra pairs, an 18-table web is simpler than the 17 (no sharing required) and allows for one (2-board sitout) two (standard 18) or three (rover) extra pairs.
A bad start
I like following the Laws. I pick 81C5.
Claim Ruling
The statement quoted is clear enough. I endorse it. What is less clear is how we deal with claims where this is not done. (The Laws frequently say that a player "should" do something, without providing a penalty for not doing so.) The Laws do not require us to disallow ...

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