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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
9 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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Brian Zhang's bidding problem: J KQ64 AJT72 A32
We have bid quite correctly up until now. No reason to spoil it.
Ken Bowlby's bidding problem: KQJxx x AKx KJTx
3 surely? 4 shouldn't be skimped on.
Ken Bowlby's bidding problem: KQJxx x AKx KJTx
Not sure what it would be a control bid for when we haven't agreed a suit.
Rohit Gupta's bidding problem: 86 J753 KQ5 AK94
I don't play this as invitational.
David Caprera's bidding problem: 53 Q AKJ7432 KT5
Not quite good enough for 4 (good 4 bid) imo.
Ken Bowlby's bidding problem: KQJxx x AKx KJTx
The single most likely distribution for partner is probably 2=3=5=3; of course outliers are also possible. Seems like we have a slam try but probably not a slam drive (5NT) either. Let's go through our options then. 4NT: I would think this should be key card ...
Avon Wilsmore's bidding problem: K2 A72 J87 QJ976
Feels like one side or the other is likely to make.
Rory Xiao's bidding problem: KTxx --- AKJxx AK9x
Double should be t/o of spades not hearts here. If you have a t/o of hearts you can usually afford to pass for another round.
Hanoi Rondón's bidding problem: J8 K4 T86543 KJ5
I'd have doubled 1 for sure.
Rohit Gupta's bidding problem: Q KQJT76 983 Q65
This hand is nearly a dead minimum for a unfavorable 2 opening, so 3 looks appropriate.

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