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Andrew Petrick
Andrew Petrick
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Member Since
July 19, 2010
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Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

My biggest bridge accomplishment was winning the Canadian National teams flight B event in Montréal in 2001

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Second comes defeating the Canadian National team in the first round knockouts at the world bridge championship in 2002

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I play O bridge a lot under handle C21... Somehow we manage a top 10 finish in their tournaments once or twice a week and every once in a while we will rip off a first

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First and foremost I am a bridge theoretician; I love studying and designing systems even more than playing the game

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Playing two over one I like to keep it very simple; I used to play a lot of Canape Precision but not anymore

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My two main systems are Fantunes and Naturelle

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Naturelle (designed by partner and theoretician David Kresh) is very similar in its opening structure to Fantunes but that is where the similarities begin and end. One of a suit is 15 to 22 high card points; one club also includes any strong two bids that would have been open two clubs in standard systems.

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Opening two of a suit shows an unbalanced 11 to 14 high. A two no-trump opening is 11 to 14 with 55+ in the majors. A 1 no-trump opening is 11 to 14 high card points and includes all 5422 and 5332 shapes. Preempts are always made without a side Ace or king.

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Naturelle puts great emphasis on discovering working points and waste through short suit game/slam tries. It also abandons negative doubles and take out doubles in favour of penalty doubles. Only a passed hand in the pass out seat can make a takeout double.

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Naturelle has very few conventions outside of short suit tries: Stayman, game forcing Stayman and key card are about it. Almost everything else is bid naturally. The system goes by bidding higher quickly with competitive hands and staying very low with big hands. The hardest part of learning Naturelle is unlearning all the artificial bids made in standard systems.

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Playing Naturelle is the most fun I've ever had in my life.

Country
Canada
Website
http://pe-trick.com/

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Making a doubled slam contract with Trumps 5-0 offside
Bridge Accomplishments
An extensive knowledge of bridge systems, old and new
Regular Bridge Partners
David Kresh, Karl Gohl, Ferd Bernjak and many on OKbridge
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Ambassador Bridge club, Winnipeg and of course intense participation on OKbridge
Favorite Tournaments
Canadian National teams
Favorite Conventions
Short suit game tries/slam tries
BBO Username
Best21club
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
Gohl Petrick Fantunes Jacobs
Jacob's Fantunes GCC modified 1!C 1!d 1!h 1!s forcing opening
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Naturelle
Naturelle: Opening 1 suit 15-22 hcp "Strong2" opens 1!c; 2!c-2nt= 11-14
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Naturelle Light
Naturelle: Opening 1 suit 15-22 hcp "Strong2" opens 1!c; 2!c-2nt= 11-14
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The ACBL's (Secret?) Arbitration Agreement
Another big deal is both privacy and transparency.... If disciplinary investigastion and action for a breach of ethics is underway, I believe the prosecuted party should have a right to decide whether the investigation and hearing should be privately or publically disclosed ... ditto on any settlements reached between the two ...
Time for a rethink
Strange ... The Naturelle that David Kesh and I play have all bids from 1nt thru 2nt as 11-14 and as a natural bid. One of a suit is 15-22 hcp (and big big hands start with 1c) ... only 2nt (55+ majors) is artificial and 1c when it is too big ...
Feedback for Convention Chart
We throw our 3 suited Roman calls in wir=th our 5+ of the suit calls ... nothing conventional ... just a natural that includes the Romans which comes up about 3% of the time the bid is used ... it is very natural
Feedback for Convention Chart
I take exception to one definition: "2. “Natural”: Any call (opening bid, response, or overcall) at the one-level that shows 4 or more cards in the suit bid. Any opening bid at the two-level or higher that shows 5 or more cards in the suit bid." If natural at the ...
Opening Balanced 11 Counts: Helps or Hurts?
Light openings work very well sometimes and thats why they draw complaints whether sent to colleagues, enemies or the director ... we all have great stories about our swindalls What I don't have is stories about is how our light opening kept the opponents out of a contract in which ...
Opening Balanced 11 Counts: Helps or Hurts?
This is the age old argument: 1 -1, 2 all pass scoring 110 vs 1nt opener going all pass scoring 90 The problem is too often it goes 1 -1, 2 (x) - (2) for minus 50 or minus 110 Even worse is 1 ...
Opening Balanced 11 Counts: Helps or Hurts?
Many play variable notrump 10-12 or else 14-16 (or 12-14 & 15-17) ... thats not what I am asking here .. the question is IF you are opening WEAK which is the most effective range?
ACBL Membership
"We are pleased to report the membership total continues to rise. After the first six months, we stand at 168,742. This reflects an increase of 986 from this time last year. These positive numbers, well worth celebrating, have come about through the collective energies of all of our employees ...
A new (?) idea for 2N
I believe it is quite legal even for GCC
A new (?) idea for 2N
As a key part of our system we use 2NT (opening or overcall) as the majors or the top two suits .... it is also a 5-6 loser hand at least 55 in shape It has a tendency to make things difficult for our opps ... defending a 2nt opening can possibly ...
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