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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
33 minutes 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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"The worst play I have ever seen"
Ahh, I did not see that West regained the lead. At that point, it's clear enough to figure out what happened. I have amended my comment above to reflect this.
"The worst play I have ever seen"
East's diamond discard should clearly be count, as that comes in priority before suit-preference and it is easy to see why count might be important. Assuming you're playing UDCA, the correct method in this type of situation where dummy has a strong side suit is to play a ...
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: J2 J987 KQ84 QT5
For someone I normally agree most of the time with, I completely disagree with both of your statements. "Sorry; I think that now, by passing the first time, you have given yourself a problem that has no good solution." I am quite happy with passing. In fact, it would probably ...
Robert Schachter's bidding problem: Q73 6 K7643 QJ94
The most simple definition is anything between a limit raise and a preemptive raise.
Selena Pepić's lead problem: KJ86 Q3 K543 A86
It could certainly be Marshall, and I did consider this possibility before voting. You have to decide what's more likely. The dummy strand approach probably requires more, both in partner's needed spot cards and the opponents' high card placement.
Benoit Lessard's bidding problem: AK8xxxx x 9xx KQ
Depends a bit on how you define the double. For me, it emphasizes doubleton support rather than the traditional minors.
Selena Pepić's lead problem: KJ86 Q3 K543 A86
Also, it has the real potential to cause declarer to misguess in some manner. Even Qxx in partner's hand might do, if declarer has singleton T or 9 and declarer plays us for KQJx. Our diamond holding is scary enough to warrant getting aggressive here I think.
Robert Schachter's bidding problem: Q73 6 K7643 QJ94
No mixed raise available? Kind of silly.
Cadir Lee's bidding problem: Q8763 AQ963 K K7
Good problem. If my majors were reversed, I'd probably just bid 3 with the suit disparity. If my minors were reversed, I'd probably chance a double, as we can handle anything but 3, and if doubled there, we can redouble for rescue. As it is, I ...
David Parsons's bidding problem: KT9 Q963 K6543 8
I completely disagree. It's a lot tougher for them to double you and the resulting contract will probably be a lot easier to play than 1NT. I suppose I could make it more obvious and give him 3=3=5=2.

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