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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
Nov. 1
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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Todd Holes's bidding problem: 3 Q98653 Q9653 T
This hand has so few high cards that this might not work as much as usual. Perhaps more likely LHO will have a 5 bid over 4 and a 5 bid over 5, and they haven't made 12 tricks yet either.
Chris Derrick's bidding problem: --- AKJ AK9754 K975
Just because it's takeout doesn't mean pard will bid.
Alastair Gidman's bidding problem: JT3 QJ32 J64 963
The BIT strongly suggests pass is not going to score well.
Stefan Olausson's bidding problem: K743 Q7 QJ872 Q6
Wrong colors and wrong suit for bidding 1 I think. We can pass then double 2 for t/o easily enough.
Nathan Finkle's bidding problem: 984 AJ3 J42 KQT4
3 forward-going unless I'm not playing leb over 2 (a reasonable thing as 2NT nat here is useful), in which case I try 2NT.
ATB: very round zero
3 has got to be three-suited with short (4414 or 4405) or else you can double. Like you gobble up all the bidding room for no reason by bidding 3 so you'd better be showing a pretty specific handtype.
Don't torture yourself
I think I can answer that one: 3NT redoubled. I'm not sure enough we have 9 fast winners to redouble, so I pass.
Slip of the Tongue?
In fact, they might even call the director on themselves if not everyone knows the proper ruling.
Slip of the Tongue?
Completely unethical. Dummy should NEVER do that.
Ilai Baniri's bidding problem: Jx xx Tx QJT98xx
Why can't he have say a strong 6133 or 6142 and want to show he actually has 6 so pard can make a more informed decision?

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