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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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Balanced Hands Defend?
... "losing a lot of ordinary takeout doubles". Thus the question in the OP as to the range of the remaining doubles. The answer to that depends on how many of those takeout doubles are included in a Raptor-like NT. Or other 2 level bids. Your second comment would be an ...
Balanced Hands Defend?
When the values are there for game, the auctions that are trivially easy are not that way [i]because[/i] of the 1NT overcall. Surely there are other trivial ways to game if the double shows the same values for a 1NT overcall. The article also doesn't mention auctions ...
Balanced Hands Defend?
Jim, the x could lead to some extra escape sequences... when there is an escape. The double pays off on misfits where their combined suits are 6=6=7=7. No number of escape sequences matter when there's nowhere to go. In the event they find a real escape ...
Balanced Hands Defend?
In all three hands, you are sitting behind opener with more stuff than opener (and stuff in a suit bid by opener). A double should be a good start in this general situation. Whether that can be integrated into a consistent competitive approach is another question. I think it can ...
Balanced Hands Defend?
The more the 1N bid takes on a takeout nature, the less the double has to. I would assume a Raptor-like 1N makes the double more of a power double than takeout.
Help with Precision Club please
I think it was Jack Somebody:)
Richard Fleet's bidding problem: QJ652 --- J72 QJ842
I wouldn't go this way, but the points you both make are good ones, IMO. I like to mitigate your concern here by bidding 2 in the pass out seat if they settle in 2 - and in a good field - would be bidding 3 in the ...
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: KJ9 KQ92 QT973 7
For me, N is closer to a 2 than a 1 opener. While this runs counter to the modern tendency to open low on trash, it has the advantage of setting the table for a penalty double of 3 with this kind of hand in this kind ...
Mini & Weak No Trump
For those who play Garbage Stayman, 1NT-2-2-2M can be invitational with 5 cards, and also keep you 1-level lower if declined.
Mini & Weak No Trump
Even with a weak 11-14 NT, the 1N-2M is not easy to defend when the range is 0-11 HCP or so.

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