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Doug Couchman
Doug Couchman
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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.

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"Comfortable Satisfaction"? Huh?
Michael, I just reread paragraph 113 of the decision and it looks like you are right: The burden’s depending on “the more serious the allegation and its consequences” is a gloss on the requirement that it depend on “the seriousness of the allegation which is made”, this apparently being ...
"Comfortable Satisfaction"? Huh?
If I understand "comfortable satisfaction" correctly, it is [i]not[/i] just a middle ground between beyond a reasonable doubt and preponderance (similar to "clear and convincing"); "clear and convincing" is a single standard independent of the seriousness of the offense charged or the potential punishment to be imposed, but ...
The CAS Judgment re FN: What’s Next?
Addendum: I just read the other thread. Assuming that in that thread Gary is quoting the CAS in its description of the comfortable satisfaction standard (it's not completely clear) when he writes "in reaching a point on this scale, the tribunal will consider any particular circumstances of the matter ...
The CAS Judgment re FN: What’s Next?
Michael, I'm sure you know this but some non-lawyers reading your comment may not: The burden of proof between balance of probabilities (often called preponderance of evidence, at least in the US) and beyond a reasonable doubt is often termed "clear and convincing" evidence. Theorists loathe putting numbers on ...
Active Ethics (Again)
Again, that's not active ethics, it's declining to cheat. (Good job, by the way. Some people, apparently including your teammates, would have done differently.) Active ethics as the term is used by the ACBL et al means going beyond the rules to ensure what the player considers fairness ...
Active Ethics (Again)
The UI situations discussed in the Larry Cohen article don't present issues of "active ethics", but of following the law. There are harder cases, cases on which directors get it wrong, as you describe, but (to answer your question) my experience has been that in cases as obvious as ...
Weak Stayman
I answered based on what I play with most partners, but will point out that when playing transfers after transfers, the sequence 1NT – 2C; 2D – 2S shows exactly five spades, nothinig about hearts (though it suggests a balanced hand), and invitational values. (Playing this way, a 2NT rebid after the ...
Alerting a Stolen Bid
It is a good point about support doubles, which the ACBL's alert procedures specifically designate as alertable. I submit that this specification is archaic, as these days I'd be more surprised to encounter a double in a support double situation that [i]isn't[/i] support. And with ...
Alerting a Stolen Bid
Strangely enough, the answer to a question about the rules is often best found in the rules. According to the ACBL's alert procedure, "Except for those doubles with highly unusual or unexpected meanings, doubles do not require an Alert." A stolen bid double is not particularly unusual or unexpected ...
ATB: misdefense of 5!S
Assuming you're interested in what people think, constructing a poll replete with commentary tends not to further that aim. Just asking who's to blame, east or west, and inviting commentary in the thread as to why, would work better. My answer, which is not listed, is East (without ...

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