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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 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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Thomas Berg's bidding problem: 85 J JT9876 AQJ9
Because pass is nearly always a good option when short in partner's major. I could understand chancing a double if I was 2=1=5=5 for fear the auction might end. Txx x AJxx KJxxx for example I would definitely pass. If the auction ends at 1 ...
Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda
"My view is that many people who seem to decry "forcing pass" in virtually every case are under-appreciating the benefits in increasing bidding accuracy that technique offers." Is it really that valuable though? I don't think it is. If you used a forcing pass on this hand, would you ...
Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda
"How much more obvious does it have to be that it is our hand? One opponent opened a pre-empt and the other raised pre-emptively to the 4 level." If you think that preemptive bids and raises are always weak, you're delusional. In fact, some of the best results I ...
Shailesh Gupta's bidding problem: AKxxx ATxx xx Kx
Basically, an underbid.
Shailesh Gupta's bidding problem: AKxxx ATxx xx Kx
2 was wet. If partner wanted to make a slam try, he could have bid 3, so I see no reason to give them any more info.
Tom Edwards's bidding problem: Q43 Q53 A4 KQT53
DBL is ok if we were non-vul. 2 is unthinkable.
Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda
"North's bid of 5. Shoulda passed, then South coulda doubled and North woulda been able to bid a stronger "pass and pull" 5. Playing pass here as non-forcing at these colors is bad bridge." I really hate these kind of poll options where the pollster injects their ...
Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)
I guess you had seen his bidding before to bid that little. I probably would have bid at least one level higher on each of your hands.
Long Ago and Far Away
Giving the players a penalty when it was the clearly the directors' fault is ridiculous. How are you supposed to make the boards without hand records?
Thomas Berg's bidding problem: 85 J JT9876 AQJ9
DBL is weird, where is the second heart I'm supposed to have?

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