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Dave Kresh
Dave Kresh
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 14, 2015
Last Seen
an hour 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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Is ACBL Aiming for Ridicule?
Not to be an easy sell, I'll hold out for the hat as well.
Debbie Rosenberg's bidding problem: 2 AJ9 KQ8743 A84
IMO, the problem of evaluating shortness to decide between 3N or 4m thru 7m occurs often enough to merit a consistent, structured approach. As I see it the fundamental question is whether opener has 0, 1, or 2 wasted covers. If 2 wasted (KQ), we bid 3N. If 0 wasted ...
"Natural" with limited 2m openings
We play a hybrid, combining what I think are the best elements of 2/1 and Precision: 1 = 15+ forcing - usually natural (3+) or a 2 opening bid in 2/1 1 = 15-22, 3+s 1M = 15-22, 5+cards 1NT = 11-14, any 4333/4432/5332/5422 2suit ...
What does partner have?
Jim, I agree with your observation about undervaluing the strength of the misfit NT response. But IMO, the strength of that misfit is if the major suit is (nearly) clean of wastage, and the hand ends up played in responder's suit. Here your Q was unhelpful in a ...
What does partner have?
Yu, given your methods of not improving partscores, I assumed 3 was gameforcing and with exactly 5-6-2-0. I was surprised that you thought it was NF, and Jim thought a later 4 would be NF. I was puzzled about what 3 actually showed in Jim's invitational ...
Range for Responder’s Splinter
Leonard, playing 2/1 or SAYC, try modified Naturelle splinters. Let's assume your opening bid shows 4+cover cards. Use the splinter as "Cover Blackwood". 4 = singleton , asks if opener still has 4 working covers for slam. Opener rebids 4 = 2-3 working covers, 6 = 4 ...
Jim Perkins's bidding problem: AT653 KJ Q2 AKT7
We define loser/cover ranges here. Any overcall (2) shows 5-6 losers. Typically, East is limited to 3 covers for the opening pass. For us, 4 shows a singleton or void, to get to the 4+covers needed to invite slam. With these constraints, opener returns to 4 ...
Handling interference over 12-14 notrump
John, I really like your point about the weak NT being stronger than average. It is only "weak" relative to the more popular use of the 1NT opening. When you open a WNT, your side is still more likely to have the balance of power.
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: AQ87 KQ96 --- AK532
Lynn, I was assuming that my partner and I both knew a lot more what was going on after a 4 bid. My preference here is to play negative freebids, but if my partner insisted on playing negative doubles, then I would counter-suggest that the negative double at least ...
Handling interference over 12-14 notrump
Reverse Lebensohll has the advantage of following the Principle of Relative Strength, in that you make the higher, more preemptive bid with the weaker hand. I like 2N asking for better minor rather than a puppet 3. Opener passes weak with both minors, or bids anything to GF. IMO ...

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