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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
Aug. 2
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me
    •  I am 19 years old and live in Duluth, MN. I'm hoping to major in Management Information Systems by taking college classes through a state-funded program. Smile
    • Operate mostly in theory, which is why so many people disagree with my bidding ideas. 


    • Enjoy examining and inventing relay systems, although I don't play them with anyone currently.


    • Rather averse to "standard" weak two bids, which is something most juniors know about me. However, my other preempts aren't quite so solid. Innocent


    • Light T/O doubles, especially if they are white (Greg Herman style).


    • My favorite bridge players: Bauke Muller, Rob Brady, Zia, Josh Donn (JDonn), Jay Barronen, and JUNIORS (especially nice girls: feel free to message me on BW or BBO Wink(you WON'T get a reply though if I'm on INVISIBLE or BRB)).


    • Random Fact about me: I almost always wear a sweater when playing F2F bridge. Surprised


    • I AM a geek/nerd. Cool


    • It has been said about me that I'm "in a totally different world" (or something similar). It's true, and I'm not ashamed to admit that, Barry! Tongue Out


  • Hope to make a bridge blog after I finish college.

My favorite system: Clever Canape! Sealed


PASS = 0-9 any (not a 3x+ preempt though).

1!c/!d = 10+ 3+!c/!d 5+ other OR three suited short in the other MINOR (all 5440 hands must be treated this way as well as the 4441’s) OR 16+ 6+x no 4+y unless 7+M AND 4+m (1!c = !s/!d, 1!d = hearts/clubs) OR 10-12/16+ balanced.

1M = 10+ 4+!h/!s < 5+ other OR three-suited short in the other major (5+!s 5+!h = 1!h).

1NT = (12)13-15.

2 suit = 6+ suit, 10-15 single-suiter (no 4+ other unless 7+M).


1!c = 18+ any, responses to 1!c means I'd open this in 1st/2nd if 10+ (1!c → 1!d → 1!h = ask)

1!d = 15-17 1!c/!d opener in 1st/2nd seat OR 12-14 balanced (1!d → 1!h = p/c)

1!h/!s = 15-17 4+!h/!s < 5+ other OR three-suited short in the other MAJOR (5+!s 5+!h = 1!h)

1NT = 15-17.

2/3/4 suit = preemptive opposite 0-9 (can be pretty strong).

DON'T steal this pls, you won't get anywhere w/o the rest of the system notes...

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Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Losing to Lavazza (who eventually got 2nd) in the 2015 Spingold by only 14
Bridge Accomplishments
Silver medalist in Istanbul, Turkey (USA2 U21) with Kevin Rosenberg, Oren Kriegel, Chris Huber, Nolan Chang, and Cole Spencer
Regular Bridge Partners
Kevin Rosenberg, Curt Kristensen and other local partners, sometimes play with other juniors and friends on BBO
Member of Bridge Club(s)
All American Club but play infrequently
Favorite Conventions
LEAST favorite conventions and systems: "Standard" weak 2 hearts, Precision or something w/o wide-ranging 1-level openings, SAYC
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Bernie Greenspan's bidding problem: K73 K9754 KQ96 8
Pass would not have occurred to me; I thought 3 was the other option.
Do you accept the concession?
Yes and probably yes (would need more info, would definitely help to be there)
Diamond Spins Gold
Boyya I think is about right.
Gonzalo Guridi's bidding problem: K73 Q6 AKJ965 A2
Please explain why this is better than say doubling and bidding notrump later. I'm curious as to your reasoning.
Hendrik Sharples's bidding problem: 2 K9853 T8542 42
I dunno about this being "game forcing". Seems like "almost forcing" is more appropriate, meaning responder bids unless he has a washout as here.
DIAMOND Wins Spingold
It was interesting at the other table too, where the best line given that South doubled 4 was probably to simply pitch a on a , ruff 2 in hand, and exit the loser.
What's your best shot?
If West has 7x and are 3-2, you're cold.
Ian Wilson's bidding problem: K A975 QJ876 Q84
At unfavorable, they're not messing around.
ATB: Awkward hand from the Roth Swiss
Over 4, South would bid 4 as a punt I'd think. But now North has a pretty big problem over this.
ATB: Awkward hand from the Roth Swiss
That feels about right to me.

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