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Dave Kresh
Dave Kresh
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 14, 2015
Last Seen
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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

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.
BBO Username
BBO username - dkresh; OKB username - kresh
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Roland Voigt's bidding problem: 4 KQJ52 AT86 Q73
We play our overcalls as 5-6 losers. I would still bid 3 on KQTxx, but at this vulnerability probably would pass reluctantly with KQxxx. Some 6 loser hands are too shaky to overcall.
#TellASadStoryInThreeWords(Bridge related)
No trumps, partner?
Feedback for Convention Chart, Part 2
As I look more closely at item 2i, it appears to me that my playing 2 as 11-14 with 4+s (unbalanced) is, in fact, defined as natural as it can be passed. I would hope that such a natural opening would be allowed at all levels including whatever ...
Feedback for Convention Chart, Part 2
I haven't been following the rule-proposing discussion closely, so please forgive me if I am missing a lot, or talking nonsense here. It would seem odd to me to allow a mini-roman approach like say 2 = 11-14 and any 4441, where s could be a one-card suit, but ...
Mentor game - Ideas. Call for ideas.
Ken-You make excellent points here. The BW community [i]is a microscopic minority[/i], but IMO, an important one - the community of leaders by definition, potentially the mentors. Many in the rest of the bridge-playing world take their cues from what is said and done here one way or another ...
Mentor game - Ideas. Call for ideas.
email correspondence works better for me that at-the-table or after-the-game. Both as a mentor and mentee.
Jim Perkins's bidding problem: AJT84 AKQJ86 --- J5
Jim, wide-ranging preempts apply maximum pressure to both opponents and partner. IMO, trading some pressure (narrowly defined aggressive preempts) for accuracy is a good bargain, letting partner take unilateral action with a higher degree of assurance. We play 3X as showing 6+cards to 2+ of top 3 honors, no ...
Jim Perkins's bidding problem: AJT84 AKQJ86 --- J5
Brad, I agree with you. We like to play disciplined (though aggressive) preempts where 3 guarantees 6+ clubs and 2+ of top 3 club honors. I am headed to 6 on that basis.
Mentor game - Ideas. Call for ideas.
Cornelia, i really like your ideas about adult learning. Just an observation, but it seems to me that the there is a lot of popularity to ATB posts on Bridgewinners, which stikes me as the polar opposite (attitudinally) to your ideas.
The bidding OR the play.
Both. Max, I think you make a good case for the value of your play skills as it relates to bidding. But the solution to your bidding challenge might also lie in your bidding structure. Just for argument's sake, let's assume that this problem could be related to ...

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