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Ren Klatt
Ren Klatt
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Member Since
May 24, 2014
Last Seen
July 18
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I live in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

Have played Duplicate Bridge since 1973.

Favourite bidding method is a Small Club System that reveals distribution early in the auction in a natural way. 1C has the dual personality of either a C suit unbalanced with 10+ hcp OR strong balanced 17+ hcp. Opening 1D, 1H, 1S all show unbalanced hands with 10+ hcp. Closest method you can get to 5-card minors plus 5-card majors. The system notes are free upon email request.


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Favorite Conventions
Double Club System
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
DCS - North American Version
Double !C & 2/1 GF (Usually). Frequent Upgrades & Some Downgrades
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Some difficulties finding my best choices from options as given in the O/P. I know I am not mainstream; but here is what I do playing DCS. DCS often gets a head start over many standard or strong 1 systems. Basic premise is DCS separates balanced from unbalanced ...
Ivar Stakgold R.I.P.
I remember Ivar from TV show Championship Bridge that ran from 1959-64. Don't recall him competing much in years since.
stp = Bergen hand evaluation starting points. hcp = AKQJ=4321 point count
Best use for artificial 2NT opening
I play 2NT as both minors any 5+ 5+ either 8-13 hcp or 21+ hcp. Odds of 21+ is more than 13000:1 but it happened in a Regional(has not happened a second time. We bid/made 6 making 7, over trick because of an unlikely layout ...
Eric Murray 1928-2018
A true Canadian legend. Godspeed Eric.
Based on the most popular answer for this poll and what Craig Z wrote about values for honor holding their own on flat hands; perhaps a rule of thumb when using Bergen hand evaluation on flat hands is downgrade only when hcp - stp = 2 or more ?
Bergen Adjust-3 hand evaluation method (which I like) begins with starting points (= stp) Hand 1,2,3 all 17 stp. Hand 4 has 16 stp. However 2 Aces in hand 1 gives some comfort; so I voted hand 2. Curious question -> how good do people feel about Bergen's method?
Best Approach?
1NT SF works very well for my methods. I play 1M light opening bids 10-12 hcp with 5332 shape possible but never open 1M with 5332 when 13+ hcp.
Wrong view on multi 2d by ACBL
DL, First, I 100% agree with your assessment. Some ask questions, which is good. They try to understand something new. Many just stay quiet but seem to be unhappy about something that is different. Sadly those people are just hurting themselves by not seeking information they might need and (are ...
Wrong view on multi 2d by ACBL
From RW: "It my experience, the average club player / ACBL member hates most anything other than what ideosyncratic mess they believe is "standard". Their weirdness is complete normal. Whatever the opponents are playing is a tool of the devil." I have experienced the exact same attitude at local club with ...

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