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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 — is attempting to take 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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To bid or not to bid?
Yes, of course I meant LA. I agree that you can't know the result for sure, and if you think there's a reasonable probability that pass isn't logical, then you can bid (and not be shocked if the director awards an adjusted score). If you do think ...
Club level ruling . what do you think?
If it's clear that they're playing 2/1 (is it?), then there was no misinformation, therefore no infraction, and we're done. If there is doubt about what they're playing, or some reason to believe that south bids this way often enough to create an implicit understanding ...
To bid or not to bid?
Was there a BiT? Yes — stipulated. Was there UI? Yes — partner wasn't sure what to do. Did it demonstrably suggest one call over another? Yes — given our diamond length partner was probably thinking of bidding on, not doubling, so the UI suggests 3 over pass. Is pass a ...
Bid these hands to the right strain in 2/1
Craig: Yes, that's what I meant. Dave: I don't disagree that on the actual cards it's under 50%; my points were that it's not so far under as to be stupid, and also that a slight change in the north hand would make it a lot ...
Bid these hands to the right strain in 2/1
6 isn't so bad — if they take the spade ace at trick one, it needs both red suits which is roughly diamonds 3-2 or stiff queen, and hearts 3-3 or doubleton jack. Less than 50% but non-terrible. But most auctions won't distinguish between the actual north hand ...
Bid these hands to the right strain in 2/1
This is the path we took up through three and a half rounds, though I now don't like 2 as much as immediate heart support. South wasn't sure whether 3 at her third call was forcing after responder's reverse, but chanced it anyway. (It is ...
Bid these hands to the right strain in 2/1
This start works well, I think. At the table I chose 2 instead of 3, but part of that was that I knew pard wouldn't fancy a 4-3 fit. She didn't, and while our auction was slower than yours, she did later grab 3NT and I ...
Bid these hands to the right strain in 2/1
Sorry, that's correct — north is first. (I thought I'd entered that into the hand viewer but I guess not.) In practice west dealt and passed, in case that matters. OP now edited to reflect that fact, though I put it in the text only rather than edit the ...
Does this create some kind of UI problem?
John, no, randomizing your questions isn't an answer even in theory (and you're right that humans don't randomize well at all). Suppose a player managed to ask, on an unreadably "random" basis, about some percentage, say for purposes of illustration 50% but the actual number is irrelevant ...
Assessing the blame
Now that the OP has been edited I've voted both, but that doesn't mean I think the two share the blame equally: south's declining the invitation is not egregious (though it is an error), but north's sequence is terrible.
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