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Doug Couchman
Doug Couchman
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Member Since
Feb. 25, 2014
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about me

Once upon a time a part-time TD and semi-serious (well, I thought so) player and student of the game, I fell out of the swing of it (moving around a lot doesn't help) but have recently come back. Having a girlfriend who — somewhat to my consternation — is attempting to take up the game has helped.


When not playing bridge I tutor, preparing people for standardized tests. (SAT and ACT for undergrad admission; LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, and GRE for grad school.) If you or someone you care about needs help on a test, I'm your guy. See details on my website.


Sadly, I've never played bridge outside the US and Canada, but I certainly hope to. I currently live in the San Francisco bay area, and am a Unit 502 and D21 board member.

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Experts playing against newcomers and director calls
Others have addressed this in more detail; I'll just add that my own experience as well as that of many other players I've known causes me to disagree extremely strongly with your post, Allan. Not only is maxing skill levels appropriate, in several ways, it is best.
Experts playing against newcomers and director calls
Narsingh, you wrote "I suppose gaining two totally undeserved tricks..." If you're talking about, e.g., tricks from a revoke penalty, they're not undeserved; the opponents didn't followed the rules and this violation carries a prescribed penalty. They are deserved. I understand your overall point, which is ...
Director Ruling
In the LM pairs a couple weeks ago my RHO dealt and opened 2, alerted by LHO. I said to LHO, "please explain" (I try always to ask), and the following ensued: "We play Flannery." "Please explain." "He has five hearts and four spades." "And any strength?" "An opening ...
Assign blame for NS scoring only -80
Redouble is a judgment call. (One that I think I disagree with.) Passing 1 after partner has established a force is not a judgment call. Thus no matter how I decide I feel about the redouble, south is to blame for the result.
If Looney Tunes Had a Team
Frodo (client) and Sam; Gandalf and Aragorn; Legolas and Gimli (after they learn to respect each other).
Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
"I am sure that none of us would want Mark to roll in his oars and quit..." He's a serial plagiarist who is utterly unrepentant in the face of unimpeachable proof of his guilt; I hope he quits, and I doubt I'm alone. Even if he's a ...
What is East's double?
I voted "penalty", but it's really as some others here have described: Extras, looking for either 3NT or 3X. A pure penalty double isn't nearly as likely as a hand with decent strength, only four spades, and no particular direction. And takeout makes no sense because if ...
How would you interpret this bid?
It's not a bid I would make, but the fact remains that partner has made it. All the righteous indignation in the thread about how you refuse to try figuring out what's most likely will serve you fine in the postmortem but meanwhile we have a bridge deal ...
Garbage Stayman
With a couple partners I play that responder's 2 after a negative response to stayman is natural and invitational, but for a different reason: We play second round transfers after jacoby transfers, meaning that there's no other way for responder to invite game with exactly five spades ...
Non-comparable call question.
I think it's fine to say that someone's position is "nonsense", but it's better to wait until you're right.

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