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Dave Kresh
Dave Kresh
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 14, 2015
Last Seen
Dec. 11
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 play your 2!D opening as a weak 2?
He switched from cello to mini-Roman strings. He heard there was always room for cello, but heard wrong.
Do you play your 2!D opening as a weak 2?
We use the intermediate 2 opening (unbalanced) together with weak NT (balanced). This takes pressure off the natural 1 opening. So 1m-1M-2m can be forcing, making minor game and slam bidding easier.
bidding question
Our default agreement is for passed hand doubling (2+ level, below game): takeout, with 5-6 losers. Covers this rare situation and plenty of others. Partner is never in doubt as to the meaning of a double. Whether we will make good decisions based on this is another matter :-).
Sathya Bettadapura's bidding problem: Kxx x AKTxx AKxx
We have a simplifying rule in these hands. 3m is by definition slam invitational in the minor. If opener raises to 4m, it accepts the invite and automatically initiates Minorwood keycard ask. With your example hand, Sathya, opener would have bid 4 with 4 card support and 4 working ...
We simplify things - a direct cuebid (by either player) shows a singleton or void with 3+ side suit support. A repeat cuebid shows a void. So West is looking at 3 working covers and pushes to at least 5. For us, clearly defining the cuebid as takeout seems to ...
Will these problems with pre empts never end?
Problems with preempts never end, but we have reduced them by playing a direct cuebid as a strong takeout. It shows a singleton/void in their suit, 3+card support each side suit, and 0-4 losers. Here East counts 3 covers and jumps to 6 over the 4 ...
Worshipping Shania
I read my parents "According to Hoyle" book on card games as a child (circa 1965). For poker it recommended the strategy of bluffing early on to set up more contributions on your good hands later. I never played for serious stakes, but this simple advice stood me well in ...
Yet another what does 4NT mean
We have a simple 4N rule. If we have bid major(s), 4N is RKCB in the last bid major. If no major has been bid, 4N is natural invitational. This fits well with Minorwood. This rule isn't always optimal but it's clear. Partner knows what's going ...
Ideas on Raptor
We do Reverse Lebensohl here, so any new suit over the double is NF; advancer's 2N is GF. We give up playing 2N, but that's not much of a disadvantage. Currently, our direct 2N is 2+ places to play. It's working pretty well. if I would make ...
Ideas on Raptor
We play a double as 15+ 3+cards in their suit. This covers the natural NT overcall, and leaves open the penalty double option.

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