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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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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.
UI question #1623
I can't remember seeing a BW poll with long answers including reasons for choices that I thought adequately covered the field — pollmakers always seem to include only the answers that they're thinking of, not all of those that others may want to select. Every one of such polls ...
Wipeout at T7
To me this isn't a very good "top two" poll; trick 7 is terrible and everything else is at least OK.
Do You Agree with This Ruling and Would You Please Address Lots of Questions about Procedure at the Club Level?
"Nurse!" Former (ACBL-land) TD here. I don't remember exactly but I seem to recall that in tournaments, I got called using "director!" and "director please!" about equally frequently, but in club games I'm sure I encounter the shorter version more often. Tone matters, and varies, but usually the ...
Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
Sarah, you'd like us to consider "the impact of witch hunting on a public forum"? Well, in this case the impact has been that a serial plagiarist, who until now had been getting away with it (well, other the the occasional successful lawsuit, apparently) without substantial interference or harm ...
Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
"Surely everybody here ranting about this high larceny unsubscribed immediately from the free New Bridge Magazine..." I did. I read OP, went to my email and found the unsubscribe link, unsubscribed, and came back to read the comments. I urge others to act similarly.
Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
My wikipedia edits number only in four figures, not six, but I've also been pretty active there and know their rules. I can confirm that Horton's description of his interactions with "Wiki" cannot be even close to correct; I therefore conclude that in addition to being a plagiarist ...
Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
"copying hack work from Wikipedia to provide an intro to a bridge article is not plagiarism" Law can get pretty technical (and yes, I have studied copyright law), so let me know if you need this explained further, but anyway, here's my analysis of your assessment: Lol.
Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
Hanan, I suspect most readers understand the point that you're making. I suspect too that most share my reaction to that point, which as I read your post was: 1. OK, sounds right, but also... 2. So what? I don't care whether he's a talented bridge analyst ...

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