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

I'm a semi-serious bridge player and teacher in Tucson, Arizona. I'm a former TD and am active on my unit and district boards, and second alternate to the national board. Playing the game, and helping others learn to play and appreciate it, are a substantial part of my life.


Having a girlfriend who — somewhat to my consternation — has taken up the game helps make it even more fun.


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


I'm a system maven — ask me about my "Troll Club" canapé relay system.


Though I have recently relocated to Tucson, Arizona, I retain ties in the San Francisco bay area.

United States of America

Bridge Information

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ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
Basic Two over One
2 over 1 Game Force
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Intermediate Two over One
2 over 1 Game Force (except 1!D - 2!C)
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Advanced Two over One Card
2 over 1 Game Force (except 1!D - 2!C)
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What is Normal?
"... it seems clear that declarer knows..." With respect, your example is silly. How can it be "clear" that a declarer who just claimed without mentioning an outstanding trump, which if it exists is the most important card in the deck for purposes of a claim, has remembered that trump that ...
What is Normal?
There is no class of player for whom it is beyond careless to begin with a side winner instead of a trump, but normal to claim without bothering to mention an outstanding trump. Phrased in the affirmative: It is completely normal to cash a side winner instead of a trump ...
How light are preempts these days? CLUB GAME PABC MATCHPOINT SCORING
There should be poll options for opening 3. (I wouldn't but would rather do that than pass.)
I am still not sure about the correct procedure here
While I don't dispute that the director has the power to take a player away from the table so that the player's partner can give an explanation, the procedure is neither provided for nor even implicitly suggested by any of the laws. Meanwhile, the laws provide explicitly for ...
I am still not sure about the correct procedure here
I don't recall seeing ACBL guidance one way or the other regarding expressions of doubt or explanations that mention partner's forgetting. Of course I do include such expressions in my explanations because it's part of disclosure — our partnership "agreements" sometimes include some shakiness — but twice recently I ...
I am still not sure about the correct procedure here
I'm sure some people would. But the laws do not provide for such a procedure, so I would not. UI may be passed by alerts and explanations but that's partner's problem as his options may be thereby constrained; there is no legal way around passing information if ...
I am still not sure about the correct procedure here
I don't think this is answerable without more information. What we need to know is to what extent your certainty about the (alertable, else there's no issue) meaning comes from your partnership's [i]mutual[/i] awareness. You don't have to have discussed this situation, or even ...
I am still not sure about the correct procedure here
Ian, that is an argument for a change in the law, not one for application of the current law. Under current law the critical question regarding your best guess is whether this guess arises out of a body of knowledge that you share with partner. If you're just making ...
What Are We Going To Do About Slow Play?
From what I can tell he didn't misread anything except your mind; his reading of what you actually wrote — which is rarely an easy task — was fine. I submit that if you're going to write, shall we say (generously), cryptically, you should refrain from being rude when people ...
What Are We Going To Do About Slow Play?
OK, I stand sort of corrected if you were instructed not to give slow play penalties. I guess it wouldn't surprise me if the quasi-official policy were not to give them in gold rush (I agree that this is shortsighted but can easily imagine people thinking penalties would drive ...

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