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Andrew Petrick
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My biggest bridge accomplishment was winning the Canadian National teams flight B event in Montréal in 2001

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Second comes defeating the Canadian National team in the first round knockouts at the world bridge championship in 2002

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I play O bridge a lot under handle C21... Somehow we manage a top 10 finish in their tournaments once or twice a week and every once in a while we will rip off a first

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First and foremost I am a bridge theoretician; I love studying and designing systems even more than playing the game

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Playing two over one I like to keep it very simple; I used to play a lot of Canape Precision but not anymore

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My two main systems are Fantunes and Naturelle

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Naturelle (designed by partner and theoretician David Kresh) is very similar in its opening structure to Fantunes but that is where the similarities begin and end. One of a suit is 15 to 22 high card points; one club also includes any strong two bids that would have been open two clubs in standard systems.

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Opening two of a suit shows an unbalanced 11 to 14 high. A two no-trump opening is 11 to 14 with 55+ in the majors. A 1 no-trump opening is 11 to 14 high card points and includes all 5422 and 5332 shapes. Preempts are always made without a side Ace or king.

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Naturelle puts great emphasis on discovering working points and waste through short suit game/slam tries. It also abandons negative doubles and take out doubles in favour of penalty doubles. Only a passed hand in the pass out seat can make a takeout double.

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Naturelle has very few conventions outside of short suit tries: Stayman, game forcing Stayman and key card are about it. Almost everything else is bid naturally. The system goes by bidding higher quickly with competitive hands and staying very low with big hands. The hardest part of learning Naturelle is unlearning all the artificial bids made in standard systems.

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Playing Naturelle is the most fun I've ever had in my life.

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