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Dave Kresh
Dave Kresh
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 14, 2015
Last Seen
9 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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Atb on a missed slam
Another possibility is to play the direct qbid as 15+ (5 covers) and 0-2 spades. This comes up for us more often than Michaels, and gets us in the slam zone. IMO, getting to these slams is more important than showing the relatively rare 5-5 hand in one bid.
Open letter to Robb Gordon
David, your example is interesting. In the case where West has a spade void or low singleton, only Sam's opponents might work this out (assuming they ask about (b)). Those playing against standard methods have no chance to work this out. Sam's opponents are potentially in an advantaged ...
Open letter to Robb Gordon
[i]Can users of Sam's system (or any other system) provide a COMPLETE catalog of hands included in each and every one of their opening calls in, say, 25 words or less? If so, then go for it. If not, then ban it.[/i] Craig, I love your suggestion ...
Open letter to Robb Gordon
Not clear to me either, although I would assume "no". If I thought otherwise, I would ask. If it's Sam, I would ask just for practice and out of curiosity. Since for us F = N, the information would matter more in the play than in the bidding.
Open letter to Robb Gordon
Best meta-defense I ever heard at a club: "We just ignore them and bid our hand".
Open letter to Robb Gordon
Neal, I may be the dullest knife in the BW drawer, but I am not befuddled by Sam's system. Seems very specific. I would be befuddled if I had to come up with the same precise HCP and distribution numbers for 2/1. Which explains why I am the ...
Open letter to Robb Gordon
Marty, I also would like to see adequate disclosure of this system. Like what Wayne Burrows suggests above for the 1 bid. Shouldn't be too hard. Similarly, I would like to see adequate disclosure of whatever "expert standard" is. It seems you can play almost anything as long ...
Open letter to Robb Gordon
IMO, the ACBL rules aren't only specifically anti-junior. More like a general anti-non-2/1 policy. With a significant amount of "regulatory capture".
Open letter to Robb Gordon
It seems to me that giving Wayne's simple list verbally and/or in writing at the time of the alert of the 1 bid (as Randy says) would go a long way to solving this issue. Am I missing something else here?
Applying Vacant Spaces to Distributional Hands
Thanks to all for your thoughtful responses. I now have a few adjustments in mind for my approach.

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