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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
41 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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Choosing a Grand Slam
I totally agree.
Choosing a Grand Slam
I hate opening 2 in general, but this certainly looks like a 2 opener to me. If we open 1, it will be tough for partner to know later our suits are so strong.
Choosing a Grand Slam
I don't see a problem. We can show our two-suiter even if it goes past 3NT with such an extreme hand, and if they come in, we still will have 5NT available if the level is too high to show the suits while forcing.
Shawn Drenning's bidding problem: K75 Q96 K92 J872
Closer to bidding 5 than passing when I know he's 6-4 at least. With 5-4 he should double 2. Maybe 4 should be a game try in .
Emanuel Evacic's bidding problem: --- JT876 K874 A764
I don't know, if partner has AQxxxx x Axx Jxx or basically any sensible hand that would pass out 2, I'd much rather be defending.
Emanuel Evacic's bidding problem: --- JT876 K874 A764
This seems odd to me; the upside is nearly negligible compared to pass: you don't mind defending 2 undoubled and if the auction continues, you are no worse off in any sequence; the obvious downside is that doubling will encourage partner to bid more spades. Honestly, I love ...
What does this 2NT bid mean?
Natural and non-invitational probably. If you're interested in a suit contract you can always double for takeout. Maybe you have a strong club suit that will provide tricks in notrump, but not in defense to 2 doubled, like Axx x Kxxx KQJTx.
What do you want more of?
Hmm... Four of these I want more of, three I want LESS of or to remove altogether. Seems like an easy decision.
Barry Buehler's bidding problem: A8 984 AQ4 KQT63
Too many slow tricks to want to play 3NT unless pard can bid over 3. A better hand for 3NT would be Kx Qxx Qxx AQJxx, where we can be pretty sure 3NT is better than 4. Also, we can offer 3NT over 3 to let partner ...
Mark Bartusek's bidding problem: 98654 8762 KT 65
I don't have a problem with Puppet provided the responses allow you to find all the major-suit fits. For example, Muppet could handle this hand. These methods pretty much make it impossible to search for both fits in safety.

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