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Ronald Kalf
Ronald Kalf
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Member Since
April 3, 2016
Last Seen
2 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I am a retired IT product manager and live near Hamburg, 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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Ruling on opening 1NT with small singleton (ACBL)
Looking forward to your article, Ian.
Frances Hinden's bidding problem: AQJ75 K97542 6 8
I agree, but IMO being in the right strain gives you a better chance even if that is one level higher.
Frances Hinden's bidding problem: AQJ75 K97542 6 8
That too, but I don‘t bid 5 to get to a slam. 5 may be makeble where 4 is not.
Ruling on opening 1NT with small singleton (ACBL)
You want to be able to play your system everywhere. The Poles reluctantly gave up Wilkosz only because it wasn‘t allowed outside of Poland. Imagine playing an FP-system, climb to the top in your country represent your country and then have to play a totally different system.
Frances Hinden's bidding problem: AQJ75 K97542 6 8
Strain before level. Do I want pard to pass or bid 5 if I double? No!
Ruling on opening 1NT with small singleton (ACBL)
Ray, taking your arguments one (or maybe two) step(s) further, is forcing everybody to play the same system. Given the ACBL-dominated WBF that would probably be BW standard. Thank you very much, I quit!
Michaels variants
Me too
Ethics, gamesmanship and the law
Unfriendly, unsportmanslike, but neither unethical nor illegal I‘d say. Here we can see the distribution and the analysis in our bridgemates, so no reason to ask. BTW: I don’t think it‘s gloating and I don‘t think (from reading his many posts) that David is a gloater.
Ruling on opening 1NT with small singleton (ACBL)
Just goes to show how %^$&^& the regulation is.
Ruling on opening 1NT with small singleton (ACBL)
OMG, you had 50% against a pair where you would expect to have at least 70%. Plus the director didn‘t change the score. You have my deepest sympathy. ROFL

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