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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
July 10
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


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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Assess the blame or credit
North doubles, South passes. Not great but at least you probably go plus.
Shailesh Gupta's bidding problem: AQxx Qx QJ KJT9x
Honestly it's probably better in the long run to just rebid 2NT.
Deb Dhar's bidding problem: K93 T98 QT8 A532
I think putting the constructive raises into 2 is a better long-term option.
Playing 2NT as Spiral, what does a direct 3NT mean?
3NT is a stronger suggestion than 2NT followed by 3NT.
Liam O'Brien's bidding problem: AJT --- AQJT5 AK864
Honestly, I'd prefer starting with 2NT to be followed up by a spade bid. Doubling will often end up in some kind of guess later if they raise hearts.
Changing the partnership defensive methods: (2!D*) P (P) ?
Also, it's not clear that if they have a playable spot of their own that they can find it or double you.
What signal here?
Just play 3-way signals in this situation where the holder is known or assumed to have 5+ cards in the suit. If not, it should be attitude for the reasons others have stated.
Jump Shift Question
Definitely. Usually this treatment is part of a gazilli system.
Jordan Lampe's bidding problem: 7643 T7 J72 AT42
Yes but you already bid 2NT vulnerable that hand is not far away from a minimum for that action. In fact, this hand is not far away from a 4 bid over 2NT already.
Jordan Lampe's bidding problem: 7643 T7 J72 AT42
4 is a pretty huge overbid with your first example hand.

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