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Dave Kresh
Dave Kresh
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 14, 2015
Last Seen
52 minutes 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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game vs slam flip psychology
James, for the time being I'll beg your question why most bridge players are gung ho for game and chicken at slam - and accept your premise. IMO, it's now something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Many (most) want to be "with the field", especially if they feel confident in ...
steaming tendencies
I care - I believe I am a much better bidder than declarer, and much better declarer than defender - both standalone and also relative to most other players at a similar overall level. Whatever my partner's abilities, this tends to mean that we have a better than average chance of ...
David Sackett's bidding problem: QJ987 975 973 86
I will take a bid that is clearly defined as to both fit-awareness and strength every time. I don't know what the standard is here for a 1 freebid, but IMO, this hand isn't it. So what is the lower limit for a freebid 1 here ...
David Sackett's bidding problem: QJ987 975 973 86
And how does partner avoid making a phantom sacrifice? Or is every upcoming sacrifice profitable? So what is the lower range for a freebid in this auction?
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
I have played intermediate two bids, probably since Fan and Tunes were in diapers. I think they might have stumbled onto something, but their implementation of those bids was flawed, IMHO. My suspicion is that they didn't spend much time on trying to work out the best response structure ...
3 parter
Partner might have 3 hcp, but distribution is key. With QJxx xxxxx x xxx or xxxxx xxxx x xxx, I want to be in 4S to make. Partner's diamond length is the critical variable. With a doubleton, 4S may not make, but should beat defending 4H.
(1H) P (1S) P (2H) X = ?
Somewhere between "penalty" and "takeout" is an important subset of hands without a good name. For the moment, let's call them "cards". Let's define "cards" as any hand with at least an expected 4 tricks versus a 2 contract, and at least 3 cards in diamonds. If ...
How aggressive are you?
I like that 5D followed by 5C option, Benoit ;-)
How would you bid this using your favourite system
Naturelle: 1 (15+, 3+clubs OR any GF-1) - 1S (4+spades, 5+HCP) 3 (spade support, s/vs, unlimited) - 3NT (art. forcing, no s/v, 3+working covers) 4 (void in clubs) - 4NT (RKCB, with 3+working covers across void) 5 (0 or 3 keycards ...
Another: Spades real or not
Geez, Richard, having earned Gregory another MP, you change the venue on me. I'll cry "uncle" and go with a raise of 6 to 7 to show the Q, similar to your auction above, to get to 7NT. Didn't occur to me, now perhaps next ...

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