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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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The Deadly 3C Opening Preempt
Setting aside the Fishybein red-herring of a penalty double, the optional double has a lot to recommend itself versus the 3 opener. If the double shows values in the suit bid, it gives partner flexibility to pass for penalty, bid 3N directly if best played from his side, or ...
The Deadly 3C Opening Preempt
The 3 bidders are getting increasing protection as time goes on (and is thus becoming more effective) given the current tendency to shade overcalls in all seats and levels. You have to worry less and less about -800 as overcalls get wider and wider in range. You also have ...
The Deadly 3C Opening Preempt
Perhaps the 3 bid hits the sweet spot between preemptive level and playing strength. If that is so, then the 2 bid as typically practiced suffers from two problems relative to the 3 bid. It tends to have less playing strength which is the opposite of what ...
The 5 level belongs to: __________
Looking at the actual West hand, I think partner is more likely to be void than singleton, and the opponents more likely to have 10 diamonds than 9. Not always true, but a good bet, and another indicator for 5.
The 5 level belongs to: __________
Peg, I misread the results and take back my statement about the ambiguity here. The consensus here is certainly for non forcing. I admit to seeing more ambiguity as it applies other auctions - these types of situations come up in many forms, and there is often disagreements as to FP ...
The 5 level belongs to: __________
Andy, it qualifies, as I count it as 5 losers (4L start with 4). Your constructed example is anti-percentage as to intermediates (only 1 jack, 2 tens for the side with 60% of the HCP). Note that either the J or 10 significantly improves our chances at ...
The 5 level belongs to: __________
Another way to approach this problem is to throw out the need to uniquely define every forcing pass situation in lieu of giving partner a little more information with your overcall. Then let him use his judgment instead of tying to argue FP cases. This business of predefining every FP ...
The 5 level belongs to: __________
For me, the poll results indicate that not only are both players guessing at what both sides can make, but also guessing at whether or not partner plays this as a forcing pass situation. A rather high level of ambiguity for the random expert playing "standard" in this fairly common ...
The 5 level belongs to: __________
Krzysztof, I agree entirely with you as to the importance of getting the high level competitive decisions right. I find this easier if I restrict the overcall to 5-6 losers and 2.5+ QTs as well. This rules out having to worry about your example hand here.
The 5 level belongs to: __________
One of the unfortunate consequences of the elimination of minimum standards for overcalls is that partner is left guessing in many competitive auctions like this one. The identification of forcing pass situations helps this somewhat (it would be nice to know how partner was playing this - the poll nicely shows ...

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