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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 ;-).

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. 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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Should bridge authorities be able to tell us what we can bid?
Ron, just call your convention "2 Multi", and alert with full disclosure. I think it has potential ;-).
The lost cause of the Jacobyites
On a 5332, the doubleton would be in hearts in 1 of 3 cases. With the slightly longer diamonds, I would guess that would drop the occurrence of 5=2=3=3 to more like 1 in 4. My 2=4=3 side suit distribution might make a rough estimate ...
Overcalling strong NT openings
Michael, if you double with 15+, on average each partner will hold 4. I would say on average the NT opening side can make about 6.5 tricks, so it's a tossup. A slight positional advantage would go the doubling side. This advantage is even greater if the 1NT ...
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: AKQ9 AK6 A7 KQ86
Yes, information leakage can be a problem. But less so if it says "we are in a slam that makes on any defense". I think more hands are in this category than on ones where the information leak matters. But I can't prove it.
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: AKQ9 AK6 A7 KQ86
I think Culbertson's Rule (assume a perfect minimum) works best on a 4hcp range such as 10-13. Once a 4-4 club fit has been found, the rule suggests 7 on an assumed minimum of xxx Qxx Kxx AJxx. The rule assumes a lay down contract with a perfect ...
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: AKQ9 AK6 A7 KQ86
Advocating 2D = GF Stayman. It also leaves plenty of room for a natural structure. After 1N - 2: (3m bids all slam invite+) 2M = 4-5 cards 3m = 5 cards 2N = denies 4+M or 5+m (so 33(43) or (32)44). Now responder's 3m = 4 cards slam invite ...
Overcalling strong NT openings
Rather than pegging one's X to the opponent's stated (often wandering) range, why not make it show 15+ in all cases? Easier for partner to field, and not reliant on how well their description matches their real range. It also puts a sharper limit your overcalls. While many ...
Competitive Decision
I didn't notice the 6-9. My comments were aimed toward 2/1, where the range for a forcing 1NT is bottomless. In a weak NT context, unless otherwise noted, I would assume a lower limit of 10 HCP for 1. So that drops our side's upper limit ...
Competitive Decision
If the lower limit of the the 1 bid is say 10 HCP, and the lower limit of the 1NT is say 0 HCP, then the our side is limited to 30 HCP. Just sayin', a double looks like a good start with a good hand like this.
Playing Weak NT - How do do you find a 4-4 fit in spades after 1m=1H ?
You can play 2 way NMF. It's analogous to playing 2 way Stayman over the weak NT. A very workable convention. But you don't have to lose the natural meanings of 2 and 2 after 1m-1X-1M. Just play that sequence as natural, forcing and 15+. Then ...
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