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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
7 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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Bas Van Der Hoek's bidding problem: A854 KQJ3 AQ843 ---
What scenario am I worried about? If they bid one of my suits, I'm done unless clubs are mentioned. If they bid (1)-(1NT)-(2), I have options (penalty DBL and 2NT both seem attractive), and they happen to bid clubs, I have an easy way in ...
Bas Van Der Hoek's bidding problem: A854 KQJ3 AQ843 ---
So that you can double after (1)-(1NT)-(2). Also, 2 directly could lose in a number of ways, and I don't play (or like) ELC.
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: J832 Q5 AKT42 A6
Close one. I can understand pass, 2, or a tactical 1NT. However, the fact that I have 4 means I might be shut out if I pass.
Bas Van Der Hoek's bidding problem: A854 KQJ3 AQ843 ---
I would have passed 1.
How do you play this double
Support, but not mandatory.
Shawn Drenning's lead problem: AKJ76 87652 43 T
I was suggesting leading a low spade for IMP's, not a heart.
Shawn Drenning's bidding problem: A94 Qx KQT9542 A
4 would be a splinter, 4 sets trumps and is a (usually balanced) slam try (over this 4NT would be regressive), 4M is exclusion, and 4NT is KC. Tbh, I can't imagine not forcing to slam with this hand anyways.
Mike Ma's bidding problem: Qxxx x AKTxx AQx
I completely disagree with Tom on that. I think the percentage play on a club lead is to finesse. Very likely an unusual club lead is from the king here, and if he has K and Jxxx, he should have enough information to lead a club, especially if we bid ...
Shawn Drenning's lead problem: AKJ76 87652 43 T
Definitely depends on pard's card and dummy. If dummy comes down with Qxx and pard has xxx, he should encourage so we can continue with a low one.
Shawn Drenning's lead problem: AKJ76 87652 43 T
Might lead low at IMP's. At MP's, it's just too risky for limited gain.

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