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Dave Kresh
Dave Kresh
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 14, 2015
Last Seen
11 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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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 ...
Opener's Rebid After a Negative Double
Well, Michal, it does move the mess to the less likely 15-17 range. And makes playing in a suboptimal contract more bearable with more strength. But I agree with you to the extent that the problem is similar either way.
ATB missed grand
So to what extent is the random-expert approach the same as the most recent version of Kantar? It is certainly not clear to me that once an asker, always an asker. A reasonable default would be that after RKCB, all bids are tells by both. Not any harder to remember.
ATB missed grand
If opener commits the cardinal sin of bidding 4N directly over 3S (missing a control despite opening it), would "you" lead a diamond holding only the K? Leading from only the ace could prove embarrassing where opener has K or KQ and responder void (not to be ruled out ...
ATB missed grand
Thanks for the clarifications. I was assuming some things about random-expert that was not true. Still learning what that is. On the idea of RKCB followed by 5, what would the random-expert default be? My assumption is that after limiting one's hand so narrowly with 2NT, that opener ...
Defense Against Short Minors
I like the power double showing at least 3 cards in the suit, 15-18. Serves as a 1NT overcall surrogate in most cases with a penalty double kicker. When we are unbalanced, this will be 5 losers or fewer, so bidding the suit later naturally shows a side sv and ...
ATB missed grand
This looks very simple to me, so what am I missing? West accepts East 3 invite with 4NT. East responds with whatever shows 1 keycard. West bids 5 showing all keycards and the K. East knows West has K, AK, A, A and ...
Is ACBL Aiming for Ridicule?
Not to be an easy sell, I'll hold out for the hat as well.

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