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Dave Kresh
Dave Kresh
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 14, 2015
Last Seen
2 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Retired business/engineering systems analyst. Frequent online (OKB), occasional club and local tourney player. Avid interest in bidding systems and bidding theory. Developer - Naturelle bidding system. Approximately 600 MPs as of 2015, but with tentative power rating (per Colorado Springs) of over 11000 MPs.  This must be due to my bidding rather than declarer play or defense. Willing to share Naturelle with anyone interested in learning or playing. Would love to see the system used by better players than myself, which means most anyone on Bridgewinners ;-).

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Meeting my favorite partner (life/bridge) at our Regional 24 years ago, marrying her a year later.
Bridge Accomplishments
1) Winning 2-session Stratified Open Pairs at Pittsburgh Sectional in 1991. We had about 200 MPs total, the field included almost a dozen Top 500 players. 2) Played lifetime in only three Open National events (Pittsburgh), nearly qualifying for Jacoby Swiss day 2. 5th in the A/X pairs after 1 session (just behind Zeke Jabbour, but ahead of some other well-knowns (scrounging my only Platinum Point out of the 2nd session)
Regular Bridge Partners
Andrew Petrick, Bob Kleinmann, Mitchell Model, Bruce Karlan, and Cathi Kresh. Formerly, Steve Nolan
Favorite Tournaments
Cross Creek Sectional (7 Cities), anything in a 2-hour radius of Pittsburgh. Also Gatlinburg - a great Regional
Favorite Conventions
Weak NT, Intermediate 2 Bids, 2-Way Stayman, and natural doubles and redoubles. Also 2-Way Minisplinters, and short suit game/slam tries.
BBO Username
BBO username - dkresh; OKB username - kresh
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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2!D opening
I like natural intermediate 2 (unbalanced opening hand). Works well in a weak-Nt, strong club context.
2!D opening
I no longer play mini-Roman (I prefer natural intermediate 2), but I had a fondness for it. Playing as a non-LM Flight C partnership in a large 2-session Sectional almost 3 decades ago. The field included perhaps a dozen top-500 players. Last hand of the night, I opened mini-Roman ...
2 ♣ Multi
After 1-1-, opener has shown 4 hearts, but still may or may not have 4 spades. After his 2-2-2H, opener has already shown at least 4 hearts and 4 spades. IMO, Jacque is ahead of standard in this case. At least in terms of definition.
2 ♣ Multi
Sorry, I was unclear about "2M openings". I consider his 2-2-2 sequence to be a 2M opening bid. My guess is that it will occur on about 15% of all opening bids he makes, on about 5+playing tricks as a minimum.
2 ♣ Multi
Dominic, you make a good case here, and I pretty much agree with you as far as you go. But I think you are only describing half of the whole picture. My guess is that the ratio of strong 2 to minimum 2M values here is about 1 to ...
2 ♣ Multi
I don't know if this a better or worse way to handle 44 majors. It does identify 4+4+ earlier in the auction, relative to some standard approaches. I suppose the importance of identifying these is probably similar to the importance of using a takeout double over 1m. I ...
2 ♣ Multi
Dominic, I also would worry about those minimum 4432s getting doubled, but there may be a lot of protection built into the 2-2-2 sequence. A lot will depend on how much use the opponents can make of those 2 and 2 bids, especially doubling. Once ...
2 ♣ Multi
I think this structure could benefit the opening 1M bids. It looks to me that it would solve a number of problems related to 4+5+xx hands (e.g. reverses into spades). The negative inference that 1M denies 4 cards in the other major should allow for sharper sequences ...
2 ♣ Multi
I used to watch how often our opponent's weak 2 openings came up. About once every 2-3 sessions (of 27 boards), about 1%-2%. Giving up all of them might not be a great price to pay. If I understand correctly that the OP is bidding 2 on ...
Natural 2nd Round Club Bids
Thank you to all who participated in this poll, as well as the companion polls on "Natural Club Responses to 1" and "Takeout Doubles of 1". The comments were very helpful for me to understand the various treatments and conventions currently in use among good players. To Mike ...

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