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Dave Kresh
Dave Kresh
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 14, 2015
Last Seen
22 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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Shawn Drenning's bidding problem: A87643 642 83 K4
Ahhh, but i could... The situation is analogous to 1N-4M or 1N-2M (natural) playing weak NT. Both major bids have a potentially wide range of values. Defensive bidding and play is more difficult when you conceal them.
Jarek Langer's bidding problem: AQ96532 Q KQJ6 7
With a pickup partner, 4. In our regular partnerships, 2 shows <7 losers, 2.5+ QTs. Partner raises with support (we play in 4), bids a new suit with shortness in spades (we play in 3). If they overbid in hearts or clubs, partner can penalty ...
Shawn Drenning's bidding problem: A87643 642 83 K4
I am playing partner for 5 covers, so 4. While this may lose in terms of right-siding it gains in terms of what I hide.
Should this be a forcing pass?
In situations where I have to take a two-way finesse, one will be right, the other wrong. " I am not sure" is not a good reason to play for the drop. I think the more often I make these decisions, the better I will get at them.
Should this be a forcing pass?
Yes. If we can assume at least 9 (but not 11) offensive tricks, then the big question is does 5 make or not? If it makes, we bid 5; if not, we X. In the long run, playing 5 undoubled is right only if either of our ...
What did you guys defined this double ?
The wider and weaker opening 1M range over the years have increased the need for negative doubles. There is value in competing early, but it comes at a cost. We play a stronger and tighter opening range, so responder not only competes with weaker values, but also penalty doubles with ...
What did you guys defined this double ?
Now it's kinda quarky.
Assign the Blame for Reaching This Poor Slam
I prefer 3 to 1. The auction's less exciting, but with partner in the driver's seat, we stay on the road.
Easy ATB, but how should the auction have gone?
We use a generic systemic artificial NT response to show 3+honor covers. Here we happen to be well-placed since our opener now bids 5 showing singleton/void. Like many hands, the final level depends on how many wasted covers we have across shortness.
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: J975 AQ9 AJT72 J
The whole hand hinges on how many wasted covers partner has in s. I wish I had a way to show my singleton. For this reason, we have a generic agreement that any non trump suit after trump agreement shows a singleton/void. If i could bid 4 ...

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