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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
Oct. 20
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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David Parsons's bidding problem: KQ7 T943 T654 T7
Partner should have something like a 3=3=1=6 in a hand too strong to rebid 3 on the second round. Having said that, it's still not at all clear what to do.
Itzik Ezra's bidding problem: 72 KQJ9852 652 T
No and no. Also, playing 3 over 1 as wjo is probably not a good method even though just about everyone plays it.
Mike Ma's bidding problem: AK832 Q95 QJ75 2
2 over 2 is plenty.
Opponents remind you of your own failure to alert -- AI or UI?
From the way the problem is written, it sounds like you already knew what the bid meant, just forgot that it had to be alerted.
David Caprera's bidding problem: Txx Ax AK8xxx xx
I play this as a forcing pass auction, where double by opener is t/o (usually something extra) and double by advancer is DSI.
If 5-4 in !c-!d, what bid do you open with?
Not if it's systemic, surely.
Ronald Kalf's bidding problem: A7 Q6 7642 AQJT7
No, 3 isn't specifically a punt, just a preference. What responder does after that is up to him.
Ronald Kalf's bidding problem: A7 Q6 7642 AQJT7
Playing that 3 promises a fit leaves you high and dry with this sort of hand.
Hanoi Rondón's bidding problem: 9 KT3 KQ862 QT86
Hard no on that one.
Hank Meyer's bidding problem: KT3 AKQ9 --- AKQ987
Isn't this just a 2 opener?
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