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Doug Couchman
Doug Couchman
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Feb. 25, 2014
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Aug. 20
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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.

United States of America

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Alerting Question for Our 3rd/4th Seat Opener
Perhaps I'm misinterpreting your comment but it doesn't sound like you're describing a "pre-alert", which is given before the auction begins and which, as noted elsethread, is required for systems that may be unfamiliar to your opps, including canapé systems.
ATB - slam w/out 2 aces
2 for me. There are other deserving candidates too.
ACBL Convention Charts: Proposed Revisions
I find it interesting (and suspect it was an oversight) that the new definition of psychic control is limited to bids — a double or redouble can still be used, by agreement, to indicate that a previous call was a psych. For example, an SOS redouble can mean more than just ...
ACBL Convention Charts: Proposed Revisions
I know, Ed, I know. After all, the ACBL has already accepted those newfangled "weak twos", so there's a chance that they may open things up even further in my lifetime.
ACBL Convention Charts: Proposed Revisions
The same goes for encrypted signals, though I understand that restriction better as a reflection of sometimes-intractable tempo issues (except at trick one, at which point the prohibition is silly).
ACBL Convention Charts: Proposed Revisions
I'd have hoped that while rewriting the convention charts, the committee might have eliminated the prohibition on psyching artificial openings and artificial responses thereto, which seems so badly out of place. Pity.
ACBL Convention Charts: Proposed Revisions
Yes, while the draft regulations would loosen up the current restrictions in some ways, the ACBL continues to be on guard on behalf of those who need protection against multi in the Reisinger or the Blue Ribbon Pairs.
ACBL Cell Phone Policies & Penalties
Why should the director have to announce a policy that is always in force?
ACBL Cell Phone Policies & Penalties
Selective enforcement is bad, yes. But the policy is perfectly reasonable. Phone makes noise or gets used: Automatic penalty. Easy peasy. Probably more reasonable: Expand the policy to all electronic devices of any sort, except for ADA-required devices, which, roughly speaking, would mean hearing aids. Use of anything else is ...
ACBL Convention Charts: Proposed Revisions
Craig, that's not a change. Odd-even is a "dual message" signal, which on the current charts is permitted only at defender's first discard.

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