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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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Apologies to partner
i like to tell my partners that I may play sorry bridge, but we don't have to play "sorry partner" bridge.
New suit: natural or control bid?
I miss Rumpole.
Go for 6!c?
ahh, yes, I see that now, thanks. Richard, I am pleasantly surprised to see you deviating from an OP's stated or unstated conditions of contest by stretching :-). To quote my favorite bridge movie: "I am shocked, completely shocked to see stretching going on in this establishment! (Here are your ...
Go for 6!c?
Richard, a good point. But 4N is essentially cold, where 5 melts a bit facing this unstretched 1NT: JTx JTx AQJx Kxx. Given OP's range specifications, NT has a little more safety and is a little less revealing, IMO. Also gains an advantage at mathchpoint scoring (neither form ...
Go for 6!c?
I strongly agree with both of you that slam requires a perfect non-minimum. In most similar cases, IMO, the sign off in 3N is called for. Here, however, I believe a direct 4N is cheap insurance. It caters to the perfect maximum, improbable as it is, while only losing in ...
New suit: natural or control bid?
Natural, natural. Mirroring Fred Stewart from a different point of view. Perhaps not best, but always clear. We rely on opener disclosing fairly exact distributions fairly early on. Both examples for us indicate 6322 distributions, and in both cases, new suits are natural. Rather than specifically bid controls, we infer ...
what does 3 hearts mean
I think a good general default for many conventions is to play the direct bid as weak, and the relay as strong. This auction, Lebensohl, Gazilli, advancer after 1N is overcalled, and others all can fit into this general approach. Easier on memory, and probably slightly better from the theoretical ...
How A Junior Would Teach Bidding
The first time I saw that line, I thought it read, "This comment has been made by a user that has not yet been vilified". But most any regular poster has probably been properly vilified on BridgeWinners ;-).
Dave Kresh's bidding problem: K6 AQ3 AK653 J98
How A Junior Would Teach Bidding
Ed, we may be both dating ourselves with our selection of images. You think of Topsy, I think of flypaper with little winged conventions attached :-).

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