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Dave Kresh
Dave Kresh
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 14, 2015
Last Seen
6 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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Best use for artificial 2NT opening
We use 2N as 11-14 with at least 5-5 in the majors, so we capture many freak hands as well. It's a little more frequent than varieties that limit minors (or majors) to 5-5. The bid skews more toward constructive than obstructive, but can be either any given hand ...
Unscientific ACBL Membership Poll
To find out how many are unscientific... :)
Unscientific ACBL Membership Poll
Or a very limited access to good partners/teachers
Phillip Vest's bidding problem: A AJ87 AJT72 AK8
This simplified approach works well for us. Bidding 3m in these auctions always shows slam interest, otherwise we simply sign off in 3N after 2N (giving up on the best strain search). Opener responds 3N to 3m with 2 card support or a flat 4333. Opener would jump to 5m ...
Comparing hand evaluation techniques
We use a simpler hand evaluation method. Our opening bids are sound (15-22, unless 6322/7222). Mini splinters show 5+hcp (or if you prefer 2+covers), trump support, and s/v in suit bid. Opener reevaluates hand as subminimum (returns to 3M), minimum (4M), or extras (3N if balanced ...
Hand for discussion
This hand happens to set up well for our methods. We play jumpshifts show trump support, shortness (s/v), and slam interest. After trump agreement, new suits always show s/v below game and void above game. (P) - P - (1) - 2 .... (W = pass in our methods; E = 11-14 ...
1!S--(2!H)--p--(p)--?? how much do you need to reopen ?
David, are you saying that Canadians aren't playing with a full deck? ;).
ATB missed grand
Richard, IMO nothing facilitates information exchange better than for a player to completely describe their assets. Being limited by 2N, opener can show the one remaining feature and complete the info exchange. This assumes that opener has some way of showing, rather than being limited to asking only. IMO, the ...
ATB missed grand
Richard, category 1 is a joint hand 1-suiter, category 2 is a joint hand 2-suiter (the solid side suit can be distributed between both hands, with the length in either, category 3 is a joint hand 3-suiter (544). These 3 types are not overlapping, but cumulative. As to your example ...
ATB missed grand
From my experience, this type of taking "inappropriate" control comes into play in a number of situations: 1) when either player has a very long suit, 2) when there exists 2 suits between the 2 players (say 5-6), or 3) whenever 12 or 13 tricks are there outside a suit ...

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