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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
an hour 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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Which Slam?
Directly over 4.
Stuart King's bidding problem: T54 --- T98542 QT75
I usually play pass/pull as weaker than a direct bid when pass is forcing, and my game plan is the same as the others.
Which Slam?
I don't understand North bidding 4NT regressive at all with such massive extras. Hands like Kxx x AKJxxx xxx will quit over 4NT for sure. Partner made a slam try: he could just have a very long diamond suit, but it's more likely he has real values and ...
David Boxley's bidding problem: KQT96432 A3 5 A9
Double is bizarre.
David Boxley's bidding problem: 932 J2 AT64 AT73
I think 3 has to set hearts here. With two aces, 5 seems like the natural continuation.
Martin Lindfors's bidding problem: 75 7 AJT8642 J92
No way I would have opened 3 at 1st favorable when pard should never play us for this much playing strength.
Florian Alter's bidding problem: J87 8 KQ53 AKQT8
I think playing 5NT as pick in this auction is silly when you have a free double or cuebid available, and GSF could be useful.
Ray Yuenger's bidding problem: AKJT 98 AJ8 A943
Timo presented the tradeoffs well. Also a factor is that if LHO bids 1 over 1, he probably would lead a heart anyway against 3NT.
Lars Allard's bidding problem: KT4 T87542 T2 JT
Also, LHO figures to have some hearts, meaning even if partner can help out there, we still might have 3 or 4 losers in hearts alone.
Hua Yang's bidding problem: 765 63 AKQ94 654
With at most a jack-high diamond suit, it seems unlikely he is 5332.

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