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Dave Kresh
Dave Kresh
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 14, 2015
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3 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 ;-).

Country
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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William Watson's bidding problem: K42 2 Q753 AKQ73
With a random partner, I like our chances at 4, worried about them getting to 4. Will try 4 at matchpoints anyway. With a regular partner, my overcall shows 2.5+ QTs and 5-6 losers, partner's raise 1+QTs and 2-3 covers. With 5 losers I ...
The Worst Convention Ever
Ed - yes, in even-numbered years.
Mini-Splinters
IMO, the bids are so useful, that I would keep trying. Perhaps going over with her a few sample hands where it would come into play. She might not yet be convinced it's a good approach, and that might contribute to the forgetting as well. If she is not ...
Roger Lee's bidding problem: AQJ872 AK74 AKJ ---
Balanced hands are handled with 3N. Possible continuations can then include identifying doubletons, 6 or 7 card suits, or just plain old quantitative, according to partnerships preference.
What do you think?
I forgot to add " 'cepting Alice (and her ferts and Fps from down under)"...
What do you think?
When I first played duplicate (40 years ago), My partner and I used the first edition K-S as our starting point, complete with what was subsequently defined as "controlled psyches". IIRC, you opened any 5 card major hand with 2+ of the top 3, so you opened 1 as ...
The Best Convention Ever
Jim, I'll modify your point about club MP games. My experience so far is that the inversion does better the higher the level of opposition, but is much more random at lower levels.
The Best Convention Ever
Power doubles. I think I will rename them deTOX in honor of DW ;-). OK with you, Dave?
The Best Convention Ever
Minisplinters and short suit game tries by a mile for me. Already living without TOX for the most part, so call it ubiquitous-1..
What do you think?
Michael says: If you "almost always" bid in 3rd chair then the 1st seat pass is NF. If you 'always; bid, then it IS forcing - and again I think it needs an alert or pre-alert. It might make a tactical difference to an opponent. (Even assuming that such an agreement ...
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