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Dave Kresh
Dave Kresh
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 14, 2015
Last Seen
5 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Retired business/engineering systems analyst. Frequent online (OKB), occasional club and local tourney player. Avid interest in bidding systems and bidding theory. Developer - Naturelle bidding system. Approximately 600 MPs as of 2015, but with tentative power rating (per Colorado Springs) of over 11000 MPs.  This must be due to my bidding rather than declarer play or defense. Willing to share Naturelle with anyone interested in learning or playing. Would love to see the system used by better players than myself, which means most anyone on Bridgewinners ;-).

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Meeting my favorite partner (life/bridge) at our Regional 24 years ago, marrying her a year later.
Bridge Accomplishments
1) Winning 2-session Stratified Open Pairs at Pittsburgh Sectional in 1991. We had about 200 MPs total, the field included almost a dozen Top 500 players. 2) Played lifetime in only three Open National events (Pittsburgh), nearly qualifying for Jacoby Swiss day 2. 5th in the A/X pairs after 1 session (just behind Zeke Jabbour, but ahead of some other well-knowns (scrounging my only Platinum Point out of the 2nd session)
Regular Bridge Partners
Andrew Petrick, Bob Kleinmann, Mitchell Model, Bruce Karlan, and Cathi Kresh. Formerly, Steve Nolan
Favorite Tournaments
Cross Creek Sectional (7 Cities), anything in a 2-hour radius of Pittsburgh. Also Gatlinburg - a great Regional
Favorite Conventions
Weak NT, Intermediate 2 Bids, 2-Way Stayman, and natural doubles and redoubles. Also 2-Way Minisplinters, and short suit game/slam tries.
BBO Username
BBO username - dkresh; OKB username - kresh
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Make Bridge Fun Again
I say bring back one of the best features of party bridge - the "booby prize". Kept things light, and everyone had a chance to win it. No stratification necessary.
Make Bridge Fun Again
Steve, I can't like your suggestion enough. IMO, Chicago-style bridge with sets of 4 boards is ideal. Used to be a staple at work during lunch break. Peg, I'm surprised you're not a fan of Steve's version of social bridge. I see it satisfying your second ...
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: KT5 KQ7532 K AK3
A simple way to view it is that partner acts as if you made a strong 1NT overcall. It's not a demand to pass, just a strong suggestion.
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: KT5 KQ7532 K AK3
Craig, what's the weakest hand you would envision for the balancing 2?
Alan Schwartz's bidding problem: KQ8 AT97 2 AJ542
We are a light years closer to a 4 game than they are to a 4 game. Why would we pass? Playing our favorite methods, 2 shows 5+clubs (or 4C441), 11-14, and a side singleton or void. Historically, we made 4 much more often than ...
Alternative to Lebensohl
Barry, this might be only a weak NT concern - doesn't automatically doubling on a doubleton get us back into a number of auctions we want to be out of? Especially 1N-(2M). IMO, penalty/takeout are basically mirror images of each other, but I see takeout as more dangerous ...
Bidding over a precision 2!C
Steve, I agree with you, except for the last sentence. Is it similarly true that if Meckwell were very effective, more expert pairs would be using it? (I assume most don't - please correct me if I am wrong.)
Bidding over a precision 2!C
Jump bids are often viewed only through the lens of weak vs. strong. But IMO, specificity is more important. While I prefer weak over an opener of above average strength, your highly specific 3M bid sounds very good to me. A corollary to Adam's idea might be the first ...
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: KT5 KQ7532 K AK3
Playing power doubles, this is a bonanza - let the doubling begin. But if playing takeout doubles, I would want any delayed double by South to be penalty.
Common False Preference
Just stay in your lane.

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