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Doug Couchman
Doug Couchman
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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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All right, I admit my characterization of east's sequence is too strong. I'm touchy about partners' pulling penalty doubles (because of personal experience — it's a regular Monday evening occurrence for me) and so I'm projecting a bit, but of course there are hands that justify it ...
The overcall says (among other things) "I have five or more decent or better clubs". This was, obviously, not true. Bidding 3 and then pulling partner's double says "Partner, I don't trust your judgment about the deal." This was, obviously, true. Either 3 promised a club ...
Why do people feel the need so often to claim that something they consider to be a mistake is [i]not bridge[/i]? It's bridge. You apparently don't think it's good bridge; why not say that?
1S 2S 2NT
Usually I use this as a kokish game try, asking responder to show suits in which he'd accept a help suit try, up the line. New suits are short suit tries (or advance control bids), and 3 is either a trump try or 123 stop. I think this ...
Bad Habits of Intermediates
There is nothing wrong with asking questions when planning to pass as long as you do it in a manner that doesn't convey UI. The only way to do this for certain is [i]always[/i] to ask. Asking when you have a problem to consider (and only then ...
Bad Habits of Intermediates
Corollary to bidding the same hand twice: Not reevaluating, or not bidding as if you have. Once you have shown a certain range of strength, further evaluation is within that range, so for example opener can have a "good" 14 count if he has rebid 1NT, and responder should decline ...
Would you roll this back?
I may well be remembering incorrectly but I sort of recall that the first version of CC Wei's precision book had double here as GF, bidding as invitational. Even if that isn't true and even if Oren's example weren't available, what's inconceivable is that south ...
Would you roll this back?
Those percentages seem fine, but of course we could pretty easily look at the actual scores to get an idea what declarers were doing; even play in 6NT tells us something about play in 3NT. The key is realizing that just because this declarer made 13 tricks in one contract ...
Would you roll this back?
South has UI: He knows that north took his call to mean 5-7, something he apparently hadn’t realized north would take it as. The UI suggests bidding on: If North can contract for 3NT opposite 5-7, slam might well be in the picture; this is less likely than if ...
Please, One More Time for this Theme
Of course I pass. The law requires it. (To OP: Yes, really. I really pass. Without hesitation. And not because of some tortured reason about bridge results or ethics or anything. I do it because the rules say to. This is not hard.) Do others? Meh. In a club, I ...

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