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Doug Couchman
Doug Couchman
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Feb. 25, 2014
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April 21
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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.

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When your tires are flat
Elsethread I have been arguing that to the extent posters believe an unintended bid can be accepted under the Laws as they stand, they are wrong. But for the record I would prefer that the laws be rewritten as you propose. No [i]oops, that's not what I meant ...
When your tires are flat
I don't remember every word of evidence class, but I'm fairly sure I'd remember a [i]self serving testimony exclusion[/i] provision, and I certainly don't. Anything "could" be stricken from the record of a legal proceeding for a valid reason; I am confident that in ...
The shape of a weak 1x (1NT) 2y
I expect nothing nearly so specific in terms of suit quality or strength: After 1 (1NT), I would expect pard to bid with 987632 2 32 5432
Odd auction. What happened here?
OK, I suppose most E/Ws will find their ruff.
Paul Marjoram's bidding problem: AKQJTxx xxx xx x
3 asking for a stopper is sensible if you have that agreement or if you don't but pard will work it out. With no stopper he should advance 3 to cater to all possibilities; with a stopper, 3NT is likely to be a decent contract, and at ...
Odd auction. What happened here?
As others have said, N/S have no legal recourse. E/W bid poorly (I don't love 2, but the real problem is the pass of 4) but did nothing illegal. North should bid at least 5 at his first call, and 6 wouldn't ...
When your tires are flat
David, I'm having a hard time understanding what's so bad about West's position — it's actually better than it would have been without his opponent's mistake (because, as you say, he may get a chance to get in that 1NT bid, which should the 2 ...
When your tires are flat
David: Yes.
When your tires are flat
Because per Law 25, the 1 bid didn't happen (if RHO noticed that he'd made a mistake before his partner has made a call). It's not so much cancelling this result, it's pointing out there isn't a result to cancel. Note that this is ...
When your tires are flat
At least he made a noble attempt at it.

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