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Ronald Kalf
Ronald Kalf
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Basic Information

Member Since
April 3, 2016
Last Seen
16 hours ago
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
Jochen Henne
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Bridgeclub Elmshorn
ACBL Ranking
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Forcing Pass
I normally do not comment on my own polls other then for clarification in those (not infrequent) cases where the original post was not clearly formulated. In this case I make an exception, because the many valuable comments, notably (but not only) from Frances and Michael, had me rethinking the ...
2d response to opening strong artificial 2C
I am fortunate to play a polish club based system with my regular partner avoiding this „problem“. Whenever I play with a pick-up partner, I play whatever they want which in most cases means „waiting“ = „automatic“. Were I to play strong 2 with a regular partner I would favour ...
Forcing Pass
Not if you are playing my system.
Forcing Pass
In .
Oren Kriegel's bidding problem: A4 5432 AQ65 752
Add to that „no stopper“ and you have what I play with my regular partner.
Advice on Smith signals
1. I pause at trick 1 even if declarer plays fast. 2. It‘s much simpler then you think: either you like the lead or not. 3. Not echoing does not ask for a switch.
Advice on Smith signals
The wa we play it, there is no such thing as „no opinion“. A high card simply says „from my point of view we should continue wit the suit of the opening lead“. It can be used both by the opening leader and partner, if showing attitude was not possible ...
What is your defense to 2 diamonds over one no trump showing an unknown one suiter
Whatever they bid and whatever the meaning of their bids: system off, leb with all of its consequences and doubles are penalty or interested in penalizing if the bid is artificial.
Bidding over t/o-X
I don‘t agree. Given that 2 is forcing it is stronger then 1. Again (and it is my fault for not giving this information earlier) we ARE outgunned because (most of) THEIR opponents are NOT very light. Of course we may have game, which doubler will bid ...
Bidding over t/o-X
I am a bit disappointed by the 77% others. It‘s probably my ow fault. Rules that I teach intermediate students are „don‘t preempt a preempt“ and the opposite „if we‘re outgunned a jump is preemptive“. 2 is forcing for most here (I forgot to mention that ...

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