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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 and am now active on my unit and district boards, and second alternate to the national board. Having a girlfriend who — somewhat to my consternation — has taken up the game has helped me bring me back.. and also helped make it even more fun than before.

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.

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atakdog
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
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Open Spingold Teammates Wanted for Las Vegas
My regular partner recently informed me that he has other obligations, but if any other single wants to pair up with a decent player who always has the right attitude (bridge is great!), and then team up with Michael and Cyrus (or anyone else who will have us), I'd ...
How do you rule on this sitiuation
I didn't think it too much of a stretch to expect someone replying to a "How do you rule?" question to know the rules. I will never cease to wonder why so many people think their own intuition is relevant how one should run a game for which there ...
How do you rule on this sitiuation
Was there misinformation? Yes. According to OP, it was established that the EW agreement was not as described at the table. Some doubt has been expressed in the thread about this conclusion, but we have no way to know how it was arrived at, and in any case if there ...
How do you rule on this sitiuation
... notwithstanding that the law supports neither letting a result stand because the non-offending side has missed what you consider an "obvious" choice nor issuing a procedural penalty for this sort of error?
Declared Candidates for 2019 District Director Elections
Jeff, you've made quite clear in various comments that your primary interest in bridge is your own financial gain; I am not surprised at all that you don't consider serving on the Board to be worth the effort. But many people feel very differently than that about bridge ...
Declared Candidates for 2019 District Director Elections
It frightens me (though perhaps it shouldn't) that there should be no competition for any District Director position. I can imagine situations wherein "everyone" thinks (s)he can tell who is the best candidate or perhaps who will inevitably win (usually an incumbent, I would think), but my experience ...
How would you bid these hands.
Maybe not the field's, but it'd be pretty close to mine, too, with my regular partner. Differences: (1) our 1 NT vul is 12-15; (2) 2 wouldn't definitely promise 5, but would show a good hand in context with either very good diamonds or spade tolerance ...
Thank you Zia!
Allow me to join the chorus of praise. Inspiring actions by both men.
Grassroots Participation in ACBL Elections
In U502 (East Bay) we don't even get pizza (though board members play free in unit games — ooh, big money there...). We've recently lost two board members and can't find anyone to replace them. At the local level at least, the inherent volunteer nature of the organization ...
Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
David, maybe he meant that a couple random Nail winners, [i]plus a client pair[/i], wouldn't compare well to Soloway qualifying teams. As far as I know the Soloway CoC don't require six-person teams with a client, but who knows.
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