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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
2 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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Floyd McWilliams's bidding problem: JT9 AT982 AJ7 T9
Also the vulnerability is important. If the colors were switched, we would probably have to double to protect our equity (also partner will be sounder and opps will be looser), but here +100 vs. +200 is unlikely to be important when it's probably not our hand and opponents expect ...
Junk Stayman with 4-4 Majors
Sometimes also on #3, but it depends on the hand.
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: K5 AKJT32 A873 9
I'm not worried about that as much as the diamonds. Partner will know weak spades are bad, but he might easily think the queen of diamonds or Kxx are good holdings. If he has Axxx Qxx Kxx Kxx, he'll think he has a huge hand and might even ...
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: K5 AKJT32 A873 9
If partner has what we need, he will keep bidding.
Do you open this hand in 1st seat Love All at IMPs?
It means when you hit a misfit, you almost certainly have a strong fit in the minor. Also, you don't have to worry too much about getting shut out.
Do you open this hand in 1st seat Love All at IMPs?
If the shape was 15(43), I like it in my preferred style of very aggressive non-vul heart and club preempts, but I have seen too many bad results with 5-5 shape.
ATB - Who applies The Law
East's hand is awful. Passing 3 knowing of a 9-card fit is a huge warning sign but it's indicated with the East hand. West has offensive primes and three low hearts. He has a clear 3 bid.
Shiang Chen's bidding problem: 65 AQJ9643 A7 65
Feels a little too good for 3. If the hearts were KQJ instead of AQJ I like that option. 2 is such an underbid I can't even comment. xx KQJxxx Axx xx is a normal 2 opener in 4th. I agree 4 is reckless, but ...
Art Korth's bidding problem: Jx ATx Q AKQJxxx
Was I forced to ask for controls when that's not what I want to know?
Shiang Chen's bidding problem: 65 AQJ9643 A7 65
It's either 1 or 4. 2 and 3 show completely different hands than this.

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