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Dave Kresh
Dave Kresh
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 14, 2015
Last Seen
17 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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David Parsons's bidding problem: A J872 K82 AKJ84
Yes, Richard, you are right about the single deal not validating the methodology. I should have written more narrowly about the distributional nature of the 3N bid alone. My preference in these types of auctions is to identify playable fits and contracts immediately over right-siding or finding the ideal strain ...
ATB - slam w/out 2 aces
Many of those deep flaws go away if you bias the agreements toward 4m always being RKC with a few stated exceptions. Easier on the memory, less hashing needed. IMO, the hash time is better spent identifying alternate methods of competing in the minor other than the direct 4m bid ...
ATB - slam w/out 2 aces
But IMO one of the best uses of these quizzes is to identify areas where seasoned partnerships can hone their agreements. I imagine most readers are engaged in at least one such partnership, and would be interested in so doing, While the conditions of contest (where they exist and are ...
David Parsons's bidding problem: A J872 K82 AKJ84
I think there is some usefulness in the 3N bid showing 1435 distribution and a limited range. Even if the range is the stronger 15-17 (which I don't favor). I see no reason for the 2N bid to show anything but 1435 as well, for any and all ranges ...
David Parsons's bidding problem: A J872 K82 AKJ84
Karel, 3N could exist to show exactly 1435 in OP's methods. I'd be inclined to use it on the 12-14 hands, making a fast arrival on the hands least likely for slam. But OP's approach is playable and the immediate 3N gets one set of hands out ...
ATB - slam w/out 2 aces
Richard, you might want to mention to Kit that his minor-suit RKB treatment in the following comment is one of all deeply flawed approaches. It would probably clear up his misunderstanding that RKC would "solve all problems" ;-). I have been quite happy playing 4 as rkcb in clubs. Yes ...
ATB - slam w/out 2 aces
Richard, I think the critical data not in evidence is the number of keycards held by N rather than S. An immediate 4 RKCB by South should clear that up nicely here. Lacking that ability, I like Kit's solution after North's 4 bid.
ATB - slam w/out 2 aces
4 as RKC for clubs and 4 for diamonds works as well, as long as you have alternate methods to show an invitational hand that should make 10 tricks in a minor.
ATB - slam w/out 2 aces
Richard, squishy bids cause squishy results. I would hope that N guarantees both minors. If not, we are on pretty shaky grounds to start. I am hard pressed to see why the double shows only one minor, or maybe neither, but to each his own. The immediate 2 is ...
Michael Bodell's bidding problem: AK3 AKQJ98 J83 5
Hmm. John, so apparently this pair wasn't playing your 3N either. My approach would be helpful to them, but not those playing what you describe here. Does your 3N show spades stopper as well? Or is partner to supply it in order to leave in 3N? Does this wrong ...

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