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Ronald Kalf
Ronald Kalf
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Member Since
April 3, 2016
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2 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".

Country
Germany

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
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ATB grand slam with missing ace
I don‘t like 3N. If pard has concerns regarding 3N, a bare A is not good enough. I bid 3 where my values are. But even is 3N is not my choice, it‘s acceptable. 5 as a void, but not exclusion is unusual and I can ...
You open 1!S, next hand bids 2!H, partner doubles....
Thesis: 2N is the least atrractive contract of all. Agreement: unless specifically agreed 2N in a competitive situation is not natural. By priority it is 1) fit-showing, 2) leb (good/bad) or 3) scrambling.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: K QT84 KJ92 9862
Damn it, I got the directions wrong, all my high cards are behind opener. I changed my bid to 5.
ATB but go easy on them, they're 199'ers
Quotes: „her initial statement that she didn't think 3♥ was forcing and didn't know what to do after 3♣„ and „They play … WJS…“. IMO that answer your questions.
ATB but go easy on them, they're 199'ers
„her initial statement that she didn't think 3♥ was forcing and didn't know what to do after 3♣„ Exactly what I wrote in my comment. The 199ers in our club often do not know which bids are forcing and which are not. As for slam tries, there are ...
ATB but go easy on them, they're 199'ers
You cannot play KS-style 3m-rebid without the rest of the 1m-structure.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: K QT84 KJ92 9862
5-1 losing AQ and A, but as I‘ve written: that doesn‘t prove anything. That‘s why it‘s futile to construct a hand. I finally understand your point: for you my example is a minimum 2 for me close to a maximum.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: K QT84 KJ92 9862
I usually do not construct hands to prove my point, because it would show only one of many possibilities. If you insist: :Qxxx, :A, :xx, :AKJxxx.
ATB but go easy on them, they're 199'ers
Most of the blame goes to the first mistake and (assuming WJS) goes to 3. I can imagine a 199er being unsure if 3 is forcing and bidding 4 as some sort of compromise.
Unusual action with UI
I absolutely agree, 4 should show genuine slam interest.
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