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Doug Couchman
Doug Couchman
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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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Another question on a director call
I wouldn't be surprised to get that ruling from a club director. But it's incorrect, as cashing the heart ace early is not illogical for a declarer who thinks dummy is high.
Reserving Rights
This law is odd, because its literal interpretation is nonsensical. Every player has the right to call the director when attention has been drawn to an irregularity. A break in tempo is [i]not[/i] an irregularity, so at the time at which players "reserve their rights", there's nothing ...
Transfers after Transfers or Transfer Extensions
I play similarly, in both a weak and strong notrump context. Most of opener's third bids are natural: Opener assumes responder is showing an invitational two suiter, so accepting the transfer denies support for the original major and declines the invitation; with doubletons in both suits he will return ...
600k boards from Vugraph: lies, damned lies, and statistics
An analysis I'd love to see, out of both abstract curiosity and a current system design need: Weak twos. Accordingly, how about results from opening 2M at one table, pass at the other? And also how about 2M at one table, 1M at the other? (Yes, I get that ...
Alertable?
It's usually helpful, when trying to apply a rule, to quote the rule. Assuming the question is about alertability in an ACBL event: Playing Lebensohl, 3 is natural but its guarantee of strength is a "treatment". (According to the ACBL alert procedures, a treatment is "A natural call ...
Alertable?
The passage that he quoted is explicit as to advances of doubles that show values, which, yes, is nice in that it makes this easy, but note the explanation given: "Because they have a POTENTIALLY unexpected meaning..." (emphasis added). If that's taken literally (and it may not be, or ...
Claim ruling poll
@Andy Bowles "Has anyone reading this ever actually felt insulted by an opponent's overly detailed claim?" Not me. More tellingly, I've never seen any other player act insulted by a claim, and I, like all the rest of you, have played against many thin-skinned and high strung players ...
Bridge is Sixty Percent Bidding?
An impressive effort; well done. There are a couple weaknesses inherent in the method that will cause it to overestimate the amount of variance attributable to bidding: 1. IMPs may be won and lost "due to" play even when the contracts are different. Hypothetical example: At one table, N/S ...
Claim ruling poll
The law is clear... and badly in need of modification. I suspect we all agree that that part should say something like "including the order in which the cards will be played when it is relevant and not obvious" or, better, it should specify that the statement should include all ...
Claim ruling poll
Making one hand good before claiming is a good practical approach to claiming against novice and intermediate players. I used it just yesterday. I had all the remaining tricks regardless the opponents' cards but some transportation was required; I played two or three theoretically unnecessary tricks, then laid down my ...
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