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Dave Kresh
Dave Kresh
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 14, 2015
Last Seen
11 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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Do You Count Your Cards?
Jacob, I have to take solace that by Kelsey's definition I am not just "anyone".
Discuss this convention
Hamish, Jack Hawthorne uses a very similar opening 2M in his Pattern Club System. In it he addresses this very issue of strain and distribution but with a different twist as to how to show it (submarine doubletons). He has come up with a newer version, and I am not ...
Discuss this convention
Chris, let's aside GF Stayman for the moment. Here, once opener's shape is known, partner knows strain and degree of fit, whether balanced or unbalanced. From partner's POV, the only variables remaining are opener's covers (min/max) and how many covers are wasted across any of ...
Discuss this convention
Chris, you wouldn't necessarily be preempting your own conversation if opener's rebid specifies exact distribution. Then partner will know what to do with either a balanced or unbalanced hand. If Hamish makes the 2N response an artificial GF, then the new suit responses could all be your NF ...
Discuss this convention
We play a similar 2M opening (11-14), but include only all unbalanced hands (balanced = weak NT opening). This means we have to handle far more distributions than you do, but we manage this by changing our approach. With your limited distributional options, this should be easy to manage. If you ...
Richard Granville's bidding problem: KQT5 --- AKT5 JT875
Interestingly, Jack, we have found that QTxx is the ideal minimum holding to be doubling on (both in direct seat and as advancer). I am hesitant to enforce it as a minimum in our partnerships - we can often get by with less, but am very comfortable doubling with that much ...
Richard Granville's bidding problem: KQT5 --- AKT5 JT875
We use a generic defense where double means we would have opened 1. Our auction proceeds normally for us, and we are a step ahead of them in terms of defining our hand for our side. The penalty possibilities are icing on the cake.
game vs slam flip psychology
James, for the time being I'll beg your question why most bridge players are gung ho for game and chicken at slam - and accept your premise. IMO, it's now something of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Many (most) want to be "with the field", especially if they feel confident in ...
steaming tendencies
I care - I believe I am a much better bidder than declarer, and much better declarer than defender - both standalone and also relative to most other players at a similar overall level. Whatever my partner's abilities, this tends to mean that we have a better than average chance of ...
David Sackett's bidding problem: QJ987 975 973 86
I will take a bid that is clearly defined as to both fit-awareness and strength every time. I don't know what the standard is here for a 1 freebid, but IMO, this hand isn't it. So what is the lower limit for a freebid 1 here ...

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