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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
5 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


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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What's your play at trick 2?
Club queen since king should ask for count here. Heart is kind of nullo.
What is your call and plan?
I agree that partner's passed hand status changes things and changed my vote accordingly. Would vote for option 1 if partner wasn't passed.
Bill March's bidding problem: KQT762 T7 AQ85 J
Partner is vul. against not, could easily be a double-game swing.
Luc Bellicaud's bidding problem: T83 KJ963 K J763
We probably have a score to protect and we have enough to think they might not be making so pass is out, but I also don't really want to go to the 5-level without partner being ok with it, so I double. Partner is gonna pull with shortness and ...
Hanoi Rondón's bidding problem: AK8643 AK65 KQ T
Hope it makes.
Matchgame: Double Trouble #2
In my current junior partnership, it's t/o, but in others it's been penalty.
Hanoi Rondón's bidding problem: AKT975 8 K862 52
3 over 2 would have been much more concise and to the point.
Petter Bengtsson's bidding problem: A5 AK8 A975 KT83
Doubling 3 was already a bit on the aggressive side (but probably warranted). Partner despite knowing we have a very fine hand (in fact this is a dead-minimum) could not find a double of 3. We're done.
I would apreciate your opinion on this bidding
If 2 ends the auction, I would be quite content knowing partner almost certainly has 3+, which also diminishes our game chances. I would argue that this hand is definitely not worth an invite without having found a fit first so defending at the 2-level having the majority ...
I would apreciate your opinion on this bidding
I really dislike doubling 2 here. What's the plan over 2, pass and play your 5-1 fit? And don't blame partner for bidding 2 with only 5 when we implied either doubleton support or a rebid. Passing over 2 is the move. It also ...

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