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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
an hour ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me
    •  I am 20 years old and live in Duluth, MN. 
    • 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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Bridge and Artificial Intelligence in Orlando
Is there some kind of release planned for this at any stage?
Tomislav šAšEk's bidding problem: JT 5 AQT754 KQ84
Assuming 3 was a GF, I make a forcing pass. But without any such assurance, I can't yet answer the problem as posed.
David Sackett's bidding problem: KJ872 985 73 863
Would bid 1 if it's still the same auction you were posting earlier.
Gordon Rainsford's bidding problem: J764 J4 K974 873
I would double if my king of diamonds were the king of spades.
Robert Thorstad's bidding problem: T7542 T76 Q73 A2
If partner had a takeout double of spades with enough values to enter, he could (and should) have doubled 1. Therefore, logically the only other possibility that acts now but couldn't earlier here is that partner has a t/o double of hearts, e.g. KQxx x AQJxx ...
Jon Green's bidding problem: K865 A84 6 AJ842
3NT is a COG with strong NT orientation; he could have bid 2NT then 3NT if he wanted to hear our input.
3 parter
I agree with the first pass planning to make a t/o double of hearts later since bidding 3 could easily preclude a good 4 contract. Second time I follow through with that plan and double for takeout despite the obvious risks. Third time is close between pass ...
Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: KQT54 32 T AJ875
For now I will artificially show a good 4 bid. The rest is probably up to partner.
Jyri Tamminen's bidding problem: AT76 KT987 K KT5
I think doubling 5 was questionable and probably incorrect assuming a forcing pass was created since we rate to make 5 if partner can continue. Given that, it's hard to imagine not trying for a grand now.
Defending a slam accurately
I don't understand why if we're going to lead a heart (which I agree with as an attempt to remove dummy's entry to the spades), it must be an honor. Surely declarer will not divine the position if we lead the heart ten or eight, and it ...

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