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Dave Kresh
Dave Kresh
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 14, 2015
Last Seen
2 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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Your Ideal Opening Structure
Martin, from what I've seen, plenty of non-strong pairs have switched over to something more like 8-15 as well. Rather than a system feature I think it's called a style. Light openings or some such.
Your Ideal Opening Structure
Marty, do you mean no "strong forcing opening" as in no forcing opening (weak or strong) at all?
Your Ideal Opening Structure
Mike, any thoughts as to why this worked better for you at MPs than IMPs?
But it was self-harmonizing ...
Showing the Two of Spades
Avon, I am beginning to form my own hypothesis about what is going on here. Given your knowledge of the broader data set, what is the range (in HCP and quick tricks) for this person's 1 overcalls?
What is this double?
I was hoping for another option like "clearly something else" or some other oxymoron. Be wary of the words "clearly" and "everyone". Everyone clearly knows those words are often followed by something murky or parochial, or both.
Bidding systems
Hamish, thank you for a very nice presentation of the advantages of your relay system. I think your points are all important considerations in slam bidding, and you make a great case for relays solving many slam issues. I also became intolerant of the wide ranges in 2/1 and ...
Five Lobes Like A Dolphin
Doesn't sound like the time for a teachable moment (if any teaching is intended or rendered, which is unlikely). Even if time were "wasted" there are other considerations at least as important, IMO. But I agree with you, Paul, as to the typical outcome.
Bidding over a weak 2S
I like passing an ODR < 2. Here I judge offense at 5.5 tricks, defense at 3. I would double with a singleton spade, pass here with the actual doubleton. I prefer passing with 7 losers in the direct seat. Limiting overcalls to 5-6 losers has the downside of missing ...
Let's talk about Namyats
I agree with Chris on those reasons to prefer 4m as a preempt. Bob's concerns about 1st and 2nd seat across a strong no-trump are alleviated by the extra length implied by 4m. If partner has stoppers enough to want to play 3NT, you are likely to be making ...

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