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Ronald Kalf
Ronald Kalf
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Basic Information

Member Since
April 3, 2016
Last Seen
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Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I am a retired IT product manager and live in Schleswig, a nice little town in Germany. I Played bridge in the Netherlands seriously 72-78, the last 3 seasons in the 2nd highest team league. BTW the NBB is the second largest bridge association in the world! Systems were KS, Roman Club, Precision, our homegrown LOB (M-openings 8-13 and a 14+ Precision like 1C), Romex, then back to KSU again. Moved to Germany because of a lovely women and stopped playing bridge until retirement at 60. Now playing German standard Forum D and first KSU then homegrown system based upon An Unassuming Club (courtesy of Don Varvel and David Goldfarb) with my regular partner. As you can see from the list, my motto is "Bridge is a bidders game".


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing against Belladonna-Sharif. Playing on Vugraph at the German Bridge Trophy
Bridge Accomplishments
1st bridge life: I don't remember, it's too long ago. 2nd bridge life: winning the northern germany pairs competition 2018
Regular Bridge Partners
Georg Kippenberg
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Bridgeclub Elmshorn
Favorite Tournaments
German Bridge Trophy
BBO Username
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Do you open the bidding?
It is not as simple as that. In real life pard does not have an arbitrary 12-count, but some given hand. The question is what contract will we play with those two hands and will we go plus or minus on average.
Do you open the bidding?
There seems to be a tendency towards light opening bids. Bills sim shows and my remark emphasizes that ones system should make allowances for light opening bids.
What happened to the Law, Larry?
„try and stop at the two level with eight trumps and at the three level with nine trumps, etc.“ LC may correct me if I‘m wrong but the law doesn‘t say to bid to the level indicated by the number of trumps our partnership holds. Take this situation ...
Do you open the bidding?
I would expect a not so small minus on both.
Do you open the bidding?
I open both independent of position and vulnerability because our M-opening is systemically light. As a consequence we would play all of responders 10s and half of the 11s in 2M, not 2N.
Forcing bids after we double their 1 NT
Pass is obviously forcing. Double is penalty and therefore non-forcing. I agree that we are in a force until 2N, but does that mean that 2N is non-forcing? I don‘t think so. If I have a natural non-forcing 2N-bid I would pass, hoping that pard can double 2 ...
Polish Up Your Bridge 4: a quick decision
Obvious is an overstatement.
Leo Lasota's bidding problem: A8 8 A42 AJT8653
Oren Kriegel's bidding problem: K95 KT3 AKJT J98
Obviously W left the table after his 2N-bid and I have to clear up the mess. On a favourable lead or some help from partner in we might have 9 tricks in notrump. 10 in looks far away, 4333 bah. Maybe I should pass, but after the strongest ...
Ronald Kalf's bidding problem: AJ876 AKQ K QJ76
This is what happened: I use the „You Hold“ app on my iPad. Sometimes I get an error message and I push „Publish“ again until the poll is accepted. Then I abstain. In this case the 7th try was successful.

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