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Doug Couchman
Doug Couchman
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Member Since
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.

United States of America

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A pet peeve
I voted "should know better" because , well, players should know the rules of the game they play. In the ACBL, 2 as a transfer (to anything) has never been announced; players who do announce it are acting on an unwarranted assumption. But there are two other issues. First, whose ...
UI - hand from Mollymook congress
If the perfect maximum you need still leaves slam at less than 50% (spade king offside + club ruff + other yucky stuff), trying for it isn't such a good choice. It's a choice you can make, of course... unless you have UI suggesting that leaving alternative contracts open is ...
What should TD Rule? Misinformation or Misbid or Extremely Serious Error
Cornelia, your position is perfectly understandable. It is also incorrect. It is [i]not[/i] true that players may always bid whatever they want, even if they were intending to do so the whole time. The law clearly provides that when a player has unauthorized information (as this south did ...
How should Multi be allowed (if at all) under the Open+ chart?
That is interesting, PIng, but of course correlation ≠ causation. Players who are confident in their ability to apply general bidding principles without specific instructions are likely to be better than those who are not.
How should Multi be allowed (if at all) under the Open+ chart?
It wouldn't take anywhere near ten years; I suspect it would be considered perfectly normal within two.
How should Multi be allowed (if at all) under the Open+ chart?
"Multi should be allowed in any Basic+ event without restriction."
Different Systems
Steve, I didn't say they do, and frankly I don't think anyone thinks they do. (I observe in passing that the alert procedure appears specifically to contemplate using different systems according to the situation, as it specifies that these must be prealerted.) I did say the laws prohibit ...
Different Systems
"We already have a rule against psyching against inexperienced pairs..." The club in question is already violating the laws (it's Law 40C1), so I don't see why they won't just do what they care to in this respect also. To your actual question: 40A4 prohibits varying your ...
The Evils of E-W and Sitouts
In one game at which I've been a regular, which is held at a retirement community, the confluence of a pretty big oxygen tank set with declining bridge skills, an unofficial preference for those who've been attending for many years, and lazy directing produces this result: - No Howells ...
Those of us who play 3 this way have other ways of handling spade preempts (in my case, a two-under opening of 3).

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