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Dave Kresh
Dave Kresh
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 14, 2015
Last Seen
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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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Why SAYC is so Bad (and we know it is!)
Richard, I agree with your first paragraph. Also agree to it if you replace "2/1" for "SAYC", and "30+" for "40+". Oddly enough, both SAYC and 2/1 share exactly the same opening bid structure from about 50+ years ago. I think your second paragraph applies to both, since ...
Overcalling a (natural) 1!c opener when holding a real !c suit of your own
As the definition of the "natural" 1 opener creeps closer and closer to 0+ clubs, the "takeout" double becomes more and more obsolete. At some point it makes sense for the the double of 1 to show a 1 opener. I think we passed that point a ...
Gerber: Is it Even Worth It?
For us, playing weak NT, the immediate 1NT-4 is more useful as a preemptive bid. I would hate to give that up for the rare Gerber use. We play the delayed 4 bid as Minorwood for clubs in most cases. This is fairly common for us, and we ...
Recommended defense vs. 2!h = 4-9, 4+/4+ majors
A good starting point might be to invert your normal meanings of X and 2NT. Your double now shows balanced strength which can lead to a nice penalty or 3NT. 2NT as a takeout gives up little compared to a takeout double, as you are less likely to want to ...
Do you open either of these hands?
Confusing for me, as I am all thumbs.
Should bridge authorities be able to tell us what we can bid?
Ron, just call your convention "2 Multi", and alert with full disclosure. I think it has potential ;-).
The lost cause of the Jacobyites
On a 5332, the doubleton would be in hearts in 1 of 3 cases. With the slightly longer diamonds, I would guess that would drop the occurrence of 5=2=3=3 to more like 1 in 4. My 2=4=3 side suit distribution might make a rough estimate ...
Overcalling strong NT openings
Michael, if you double with 15+, on average each partner will hold 4. I would say on average the NT opening side can make about 6.5 tricks, so it's a tossup. A slight positional advantage would go the doubling side. This advantage is even greater if the 1NT ...
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: AKQ9 AK6 A7 KQ86
Yes, information leakage can be a problem. But less so if it says "we are in a slam that makes on any defense". I think more hands are in this category than on ones where the information leak matters. But I can't prove it.
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: AKQ9 AK6 A7 KQ86
I think Culbertson's Rule (assume a perfect minimum) works best on a 4hcp range such as 10-13. Once a 4-4 club fit has been found, the rule suggests 7 on an assumed minimum of xxx Qxx Kxx AJxx. The rule assumes a lay down contract with a perfect ...

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