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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
2 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me
    •  I am 21 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

FIRST/SECOND SEAT OPENING BIDS:

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).

THIRD/FOURTH SEAT OPENING BIDS:

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...

Country
United States of America

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
benjk
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Are penalty doubles a thing of the past?
Both are t/o for me.
Steven Mcgrahan's bidding problem: AKT3 J3 73 AQJ96
Forget 1 or 2, pass leaves you even better placed.
Dick Vatter's bidding problem: J7 QJ63 A8753 74
I have to agree, but I might as well show the useful spade doubleton on the way to give partner options.
David Genne's bidding problem: AQ8 J42 6432 KQ6
Lead trumps when I can, starting at trick one.
Jon Derrick's bidding problem: K92 643 A87 AKJ2
3 is a lot better than 3, especially when 1 is unbalanced.
Douglas Winship's bidding problem: 9543 --- 85 AKQJ632
Forgot 3; 4 should show a solid suit.
Jarek Langer's bidding problem: AQJ65 KQ753 92 K
In my book, 4NT over 3 was quantitative.
Martin Lindfors's bidding problem: Q4 AK875 K2 KJ73
Bidding 3 with only 5-4 is questionable with other options like 2NT available, so raising seems justified.
Andonis Dalgas's bidding problem: K3 AK943 --- AJT872
3 then 4 over 3NT seems better than 3 then 4 over 3NT.
Szabolcs Udvari's bidding problem: AT63 T754 QJT 92
"Partner may feel that we are always going to run from a pen XX, so his pass may just mean no clearcut choice." I literally just said partner passed for penalty, in other words this is false.
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