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Doug Couchman
Doug Couchman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Feb. 25, 2014
Last Seen
May 30
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I'm a bridge player (mostly for fun, sometimes pro) and teacher in Tucson, Arizona. I'm a former TD (but that was a long time ago); now I'm active at the unit and district level, and am second alternate to the national board of directors. Playing the game, and helping others learn to play and appreciate it, are a substantial part of my life.


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 have played all over the county and retain ties to the San Francisco bay area.

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Bridge Information

BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Ruby 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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Ethics re: opening 1NT with small singleton in quasi-ACBL competition
The chart by its own terms prohibits agreements, except in specific places where it prohibits deviations therefrom. E.g., on the open chart (which Dan cites above), it begins: "Bidding [i]Agreements[/i] are allowed unless they are specifically disallowed." (emphasis mine) It then goes on to state that certain ...
Light Overcall
On the actual auction, south (the notrump bidder) has shortness in a natural suit bid when it gets to him — hearts, by then. Double by opener is mandatory. In my methods, opener's double of a natural or semi-natural two or three level bid is always mandatory with a doubleton ...
Ethics re: opening 1NT with small singleton in quasi-ACBL competition
Ray, the charts prohibit psyching artificial opening bids, but to me it seems clear that the object of the verb is the bid with its agreed meaning. If the partnership's agreement is that the 1NT opening is natural (meaning either balanced, or no singleton except A, K, or Q ...
Ethics re: opening 1NT with small singleton in quasi-ACBL competition
Leonard: You're correct that on the basic and basic+, agreements must be enumerated thereon to be legal, and this one is not, so an agreement to do it is illegal. However, while I have seen it claimed that, as you say, it is no longer legal to take a ...
Ethics re: opening 1NT with small singleton in quasi-ACBL competition
I'm confused: Paul, you state that "Opening a natural 1NT with a small singleton is currently disallowed in ACBL, for better or worse. The bid is defined illegal..." I'm wondering where you got that. It's not in the convention charts: the open and open+ charts (the latter ...
Light Overcall
For good or ill, in several partnerships we (as N/S) would double: reopening with a double would be mandatory with south's hand (because of the small doubleton heart), and north would float it. But if hearts were 3-3 they'd still escape.
Light Overcall
The article doesn't say explicitly what the opening notrump range is. We get it, but still.
On BBO, is there such a thing as a card "dropped accidentally " by declarer under Law 48A
I'll bite: Law 44C4a provides that "A card is played if a player names or otherwise designates it as the card he proposes to play". If for some reason a defender stated in chat that he was playing a certain card (which he possessed) but he subsequently actually played ...
How should the director adjust on BBO?
Harald, I believe you 100% and am glad to know what they tried to say. Sadly, perhaps, assuming that is the case they did not succeed.
Very Strange News?
Is this a free response question? Let's see... Laughable? Sporadic? Snipelike? (I want to say gallinagous, but the internet informs me that it is not (yet?) a word.) Intermittent?

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