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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.

United States of America

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I still don't get this whole ethics thing
Michael, what you're saying is broadly correct but in legal matters it's best to use the actual wording of the law rather than to substitute your own words. Law 16B1(a) (2017 edition): "A player may not choose a call or play that is demonstrably suggested over another ...
Can you change your mind after doubling to show a big hand?
Wanting to know how much consideration people would give to passing versus acting is perfectly sensible. I submit that if that's what you want to know, you should ask it. Your poll answers could have been along the lines of: - I'd definitely pass - I'd probably pass (but ...
Well, I think it is one of the reasons because it makes the director's apparent reasoning that the light opening caused the damage even more problematic than it would otherwise be. The real reason is that there is no legal basis for adjustment because there was no infraction. I ...
That ruling is absurd. (The fact that E/W might have had 1000 coming to them defending 1XX isn't the only reason.)
ATB - No Play Slam
I know, maybe. I couldn't come up with one for which the switch wasn't pretty clear, too. But "no play" is still a slight overbid.
Top Bridge Pros' Tax Woes Continue
John: First, "and it was intentional fraud" — would that be as opposed to accidental fraud? (Hint: there's no such thing.) And "... impacted... financially. That makes it statutory." What makes an act a "statutory" crime is the existence of a statute criminalizing it. If you're declaring this "crime" to ...
ATB - No Play Slam
I guess east didn't turn up with - 872 T93 QJT9765, or we might not be having this discussion. Pity.
Top Bridge Pros' Tax Woes Continue
Linda, the report you linked to is about establishing tax residency in Norway, not about retaining it. A couple other sources I found state that if one has been a permanent resident of Norway for at least ten years (which was probably true of the players in question), then tax ...
Doug Couchman's bidding problem: KJ63 Q976 --- KT943
I don't remember, but I think it was 5512 or thereabouts. Singleton diamond for sure. I know the player and should have realized this was possible, but I found the question amusing even if redouble is believed to be business.
Doug Couchman's bidding problem: KJ63 Q976 --- KT943
At the table I pulled, which was extremely wrong, as LHO was (inexplicably) redoubling for rescue and partner had several diamond tricks coming. Oops.

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