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Dave Kresh
Dave Kresh
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 14, 2015
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2 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 ;-).

Country
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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Is there something better than BBO?
IMO, 'expert' decisions are essentially rules-based. But these rules are either not yet fully understood or disclosed. They are euphemistically called "judgment" until the point in time when they are understood and disclosed.
Is there something better than BBO?
Some systems will transfer to code much better than others. The structure of the opening bid system, and the soundness and clarity of the generic principles should be the key. A "tight" system transfers to code much better than a "loose" system.
Is there something better than BBO?
C'mon, Gary - get off the fence & tell us how you really feel ;-)
The books have got to go.... Part II
Gene, change your "1940's" to "1980s American" and you have a pretty good description of the current state of affairs. Oddly similar. Someday soon, bridge players will probably see the methods of 2017 as quaint. And be fighting to change the regs that still require those 2017 methods. There ...
The books have got to go.... Part II
Fortunately, some of us live in a jurisdiction that requires all home invaders to accurately define their method of entry, time of entry, and type of offensive weapon. So we are safe. The theory behind this is seems to be: 1) the defender is entitled to the optimal custom defense ...
Another follow-up to the Well
I am having a hard time understanding when a fert is destructive, and when a fert is not destructive. Does this depend on whether the fert is a major or a minor or NT? Or is it based on how high the fert is? (e.g. , anything higher than 1 ...
After bidding Stayman, what is 3D?
Ian, there may be a causal connection between your ultimate and and penultimate paragraphs ;-). IMO, the 2D GF is a gateway to getting to good slams. I think slams are a bit underrated. To each his own. But I like your NF 3 approach, and use it with 5 ...
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 ...
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