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Ronald Kalf
Ronald Kalf
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Member Since
April 3, 2016
Last Seen
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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".


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing against Belladonna-Sharif. Playing on Vugraph at the German Bridge Trophy
Bridge Accomplishments
1st bridge life: I don't remember, it's too long ago. 2nd bridge life: winning the northern germany pairs competition 2018
Regular Bridge Partners
Georg Kippenberg
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Bridgeclub Elmshorn
Favorite Tournaments
German Bridge Trophy
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7S puzzle in segment 7
Sad, I'm a big fan of Kit.
Double of Their Strong NT Opening
I wouldn‘t call those penalty doubles, a semantic problem.
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: AJ65 T92 4 AKT54
Depends upon your methods. According to my book the bid is 2 showing a defensive limit raise or better. Playing NFB 2 is out of the question of course. 3 (natural and forcing) is an alternative, but tends to show a misfit. I‘m not really afraid ...
Double of Their Strong NT Opening
It isn‘t the first time that I ask this question: „please define penalty double“. For me a(ny) penalty double is „pard I expect you to pass unless you have an extraordinary hand“. I don‘t expect that a „penalty double“ of 1N is exactly that, so what is ...
Weird ATB problem using transfer responses to 1!c
Ken and Craig, IMO you miss the point, the one Ken mentions only shortly. IF 4 SHOWS A HONOUR YOU ONLY BID 4 WITH A HONOUR. PERIOD. Sometimes you get a good result because of bad bidding and vice versa. When I analyze boards, it‘s ...
Seating rights
I want to play against the Big Clubbets as much as possible because I‘m the most aggressive bidder in our team and avoid the WNTers as much as possible because I hate WNT (when played by opps). However if the Big Club comes with the WNT, I take both.
Which is the agreed trumf suit (part II)?
4/ as an artificial slam try for / and not just in this situation.
Do you add 1Hcp for all 4 Aces?
I too use Danny Kleinman’s method for hand evaluation, then add points for length (not shortness!), but the first LP (for 5) only if the suit contains 3+hcp.
Finding the grand
Our QUC bidding: 1-1; 3-4; 4N-5; 5-5; 6-7 1 = Polish, 1 because of MA(jors)FI(rst)A(lways), 3 = 19+, 4+, 4 = N takes over captaincy with Kickback, 4N = 3, 5 = Q ask, 5 ...
Making a sow's ear out of a silk purse
Not sure if this would fit in Grumpy Club. In my QUC we open 1 with both minors either way and a 1-opener never has secondary unless strong. Therefore we can use -rebids to show the strong variant.

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