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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
March 19
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me


  • I am 19 years old and live in Duluth, MN. I'm hoping to major in Management Information Systems by taking college classes through a state-funded program (and now actually in college). Smile
  • 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
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
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Ulf Nilsson's bidding problem: T876 J98732 K42 ---
They're clearly not making anything, but I think this will make as well, probably doubled, which is more important at these colors.
Jakob Prii's bidding problem: 962 KJT52 K82 A6
I like to overcall 2 over 1 whenever it's reasonable because you often need to get the suit in to avoid being shut out by the , but this is just too flamethrowing for me.
Rohit Gupta's bidding problem: JT853 986 Q85 54
4 is preemptive trying to disrupt their strong auction, on maybe say --- Kx Kxxx KQJxxxx. I don't know if we're beating 4, but 5 is surely too expensive.
Steve Moese's bidding problem: J864 KJT82 AK6 6
Will pass a 3 rebid.
Moment of decision?
A, A (and K if East has void), to the 8 at MP scoring and try for -1 cause a make seems unlikely. At IMPS, you need a lot to work cause if I try for an endplay and 2-2 trumps, East can exit a to give ...
BZ v Romania. Crack the Code...
This is exactly how Kit did it and IMO is the right way. Just give the signals, don't tell what they mean. Otherwise, you may have bias.
ATB -- Phantom Save
Pass either they have a grand or it's going down. In neither case is bidding a good option.
Wei-Bung Wang's bidding problem: Qx K98xx AK Axxx
Ahh... Didn't notice that, thanks for pointing it out. But it's still hard to imagine a semi-reasonable splinter that isn't a huge favorite to make slam. It just makes grand seem almost impossible. I could just jump to 6, but might as well check on KC in ...
Wei-Bung Wang's bidding problem: Qx K98xx AK Axxx
Not sure why I didn't bid this earlier. AKxx AQxx xxxx x or Axxx AQxx Qxxx x are decent grands.
Kyle Rockoff's lead problem: AK8542 42 --- JT863
Letting them play 4 is begging to lose a double game swing. Easy to construct hands where both sides are cold for eleven tricks (even 12, but that's very unlikely).

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