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Ronald Kalf
Ronald Kalf
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Member Since
April 3, 2016
Last Seen
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Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I am a retired IT product manager and live near Hamburg, Germany. I Played bridge in the Netherlands seriously 72-78, the last 3 seasons in the 2nd highest team league. BTW the NBB is the second largest bridge association in the world! Systems were KS, Roman Club, Precision, our homegrown LOB (M-openings 8-13 and a 14+ Precision like 1C), Romex, then back to KSU again. Moved to Germany because of a lovely women and stopped playing bridge until retirement at 60. Now playing German standard Forum D and first KSU then homegrown system based upon An Unassuming Club (courtesy of Don Varvel and David Goldfarb) with my regular partner. As you can see from the list, my motto is "Bridge is a bidders game".


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing against Belladonna-Sharif
Bridge Accomplishments
1st bridge life: I don't remember, it's too long ago. 2nd bridge life: representing our club in the schleswig-holstein club pair championship 2016 and winning.
Regular Bridge Partners
Georg Kippenberg
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Bridgeclub Elmshorn
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More about psychs - and maybe a solution that could make everyone happy
Please Rank your Top 3 Favorite systems played by you
Some of us may have tried several of those and more. In my case I could add: Roman, Romex, Acol, KSU (not the sames as SA or 2/1), Regres, Forum D (German Standard). I have not played EHAA or Fantunes but did read about it. Anyway, voting is fun ...
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Henry, the difference between AKxxx, Qxx, Qxx, xx and AKxxxxx, Qx, Qx, Qx is around 4 tricks. In other words 5 may be to high or 7 could be lay-down.
ABC RKC Igrec Zed
I don‘t understand the poll, but I do know that 4N is NOT RKCB.
Long Hesitation
Double at MP is right out the (Kit‘s) book. Were I to play with an intermediate at my club, I cannot pass, because s/he would expect me to bid or double with or without hesitation. The hesitation probably indicates -support, so 4 is out even if I ...
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: A QTxx AKQxxx Ax
Possibly both 4 and 5 make. Even if the second X is t/o pard will often (have to) pass.
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„So why would responder need to make a meaningless noise (4♦ LT)“ Because s/he does NOT have a control.
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„If south's diamond were clubs slam would be excellent.“ That is exagerated!
Ekren competitive
Ah, you DO know the vulnerability, look at the diagram!
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I agree that paterning helps to judge the fit, but give opener K in stead of K and slam is still less then 50%. Both were over optimistic.

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