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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. 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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atakdog
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Silver Life Master
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Charley Seelbach's bidding problem: Q9 852 AJT84 AK7
+1 more to 3 having been a mistake. But having gotten here, I think double's my only reasonable choice.
Tricky hand?
I'd be (down) in 7NT. Playing my Troll Club: 1 (art, strong) – 1 (art, <9) 1 (art, very strong) – 1NT (5-8 hcp, 5+ clubs) 2 (relay) – 2 (balanced) 3 (nat'l gf) – 4 (decent spades, diamond control) 4 (asking re hearts ...
1Nt---(2M)---X as penalties
Is the question really whether we consider penalty doubles [i]acceptable[/i]? Because to that the answer is clearly yes, it's acceptable to have an agreement that allows you (occasionally) to improve your score relative to having no agreement at all and therefore not to have double available. If ...
To much talk
I recently had a partner take my (natural, forcing) 4 bid as gerber, and then take my (natural, nonforcing) 4NT bid as blackwood. He didn't know why I had asked for aces twice, but he was sure that I had.
To much talk
I'd treat it as the UI question it is. If I determined that the remark conveyed UI (pretty much "duh", but maybe there's something we haven't been told), that there were logical alternatives to pass (some number of spades seems very clear, and there may be other ...
ACBL CEO: Post-Mortem
Certainly no one has [i]proved[/i] that a rating system would be good for ACBL membership and/or attendance, but I suspect that it would: - I think the number of people who would quit playing because of their ratings is minuscule (if people behaved that way nobody would play ...
What are the benefits of UD Attitude, Standard Count?
I cannot speak to what's actually good about the method, as I have played it only a few times with partners who insist. But I can tell you what I commonly hear from those who do play it when I ask them: The most common answer is that they ...
Bidding systems without forcing opening bid
Not directly responsive to the question, but in my relay-ish canapé system (which has a 1 forcing opening), when responder passes an opening of one of a major (particularly 1) he usually does [i]not[/i] have a terrible hand — zero counts almost always bid. I imagine this ...
Pet methods legalized by Open Chart
In my strong club system, no, 2 isn't a transfer to diamonds, it's natural and non-forcing but happens to promise at least nine cards in the minors because of the bids that were skipped; 2 is an artificial game force. But that's very particular to ...
Bidding systems without forcing opening bid
We know that systems with no forcing opening [i]bid[/i] are fine, when there is a forcing opening [i]pass[/i] available. Of course, such systems are the very embodiment of evil and therefore the powers that be have chosen to protect us from them lest we be forever ...
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