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Dave Kresh
Dave Kresh
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 14, 2015
Last Seen
12 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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Implicit private understanding?
I used to expect my opponents had a stopper in every suit when they opened 1NT, just like Goren said. Whenever that changed, nobody alerted me at the table. I felt bad. The game evolved anyway. The club owner/directors didn't protect me. I still play.
Implicit private understanding?
I've seen club games run into the ground because the feelings of certain players were overly taken into account. These players wanted to comment for several minutes on every board just played. Games that started at 7 pm finished up at 11:30 pm. Now those players no longer ...
2/1 vs. Precision
yes 2/2, thanks.
2/1 vs. Precision
Jim, we fold the mini-Roman hands into natural 2m openings similar to your 2. Since everything is natural, we don't have to ask as Scott suggests. Plenty safe and has led to superior slam bidding over the years. RR: We have found these bids to be specific enough ...
2/1 vs. Precision
Kieran, we play 2m can include zero, one or two majors. In our methods, responder rarely raises the level inappropriately. Could you please give an example where this happens under your assumed methods?
2/1 vs. Precision
Richard, please elaborate.
Tom Townsend's bidding problem: --- KT85 KQT52 KQJ9
With only 4 losers and support for every side suit, I am happy to describe my hand with a 2 Qbid and let partner decide where this one belongs. We have a meta-rule that qbids by opener show singleton or void in that suit, no more than 4 losers ...
2/1 vs. Precision
Kit, would you say the balance in Precision is pretty much optimal, or is the 1 bid somewhat overloaded?
2/1 vs. Precision
I'd be worried about a potential information leak.
I didn't have a good answer
In a strong club system, there's many possible uses of a 2NT opener. We have found it very helpful to play 2NT as a minimum opener (equivalent to your 1M) with 5+5+ majors. This easily gets you to 4 on this hand, catering to Kit's priorities ...

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