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Dave Kresh
Dave Kresh
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 14, 2015
Last Seen
15 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.
BBO Username
BBO username - dkresh; OKB username - kresh
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Reporting your team's renege
No, Ed, cockroaches have standards :-). They should have final seating rights.
Brad Craig's bidding problem: Q65 AQT75 4 QT95
Change any queen to a king, and I like 2. Change any side card to a small heart and I like 3. With this hand, I like pass. Close either way.
A Third Bidding Approach
I like your unique perspective here, Michael. I think there is a lot of value at looking at opening bid structures from your point of view of segments. I would define segments differently, though. Your segment is a continuous range of varying width. Whether a 3 HCP range (15-17), 5 ...
Hamish Brown's bidding problem: 98765 5 --- AKQJT54
Hamish, in the actual hand, could it have gone 2 - 4 to make, shutting out EW completely? This type of auction should be fairly common with your intermediate opening 2 bid, and a strong argument in favor of playing it.
Hamish Brown's bidding problem: 98765 5 --- AKQJT54
Given the system as defined, an opening 2 followed by a jump in clubs describes your hand nicely. Using the old-fashioned metric of quick tricks, this hand has 2 of the 8 in the deck, an average defensive hand. The club length makes even 2 QT suspect. The hand ...
Hamish Brown's bidding problem: 98765 5 --- AKQJT54
I suspect the poll results represent a desire to change the conditions of system at the table. IMO, that's the wrong time to try to change a system. If the systemic call is bad, following it through to its logical or illogical conclusion should be a more useful test ...
Alan Taylor's lead problem: AJ8 K94 K5 KT533
Similar to Buddy on the hearts. K was enticing, but if I get a ruff it might be at the cost of a natural trump trick anyway. I went with the 3 since either one could be right. I like Greg and David's reasoning about the club suit.
Alan Taylor's lead problem: AJ8 K94 K5 KT533
That made it my choice since I had double the chance of being "right"
Is there something better than BBO?
IMO, 'expert' decisions are essentially rules-based. But these rules are either not yet fully understood or disclosed. They are euphemistically called "judgment" until the point in time when they are understood and disclosed.
Is there something better than BBO?
Some systems will transfer to code much better than others. The structure of the opening bid system, and the soundness and clarity of the generic principles should be the key. A "tight" system transfers to code much better than a "loose" system.

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