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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
10 minutes 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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Phillip Martin's bidding problem: 2 AK7 KQ762 JT63
I'm also definitely in the raise directly camp, but in this situation the honor location strongly argues for a slight overbid in 3. 3NT could easily be a decent spot opposite hands like KQx Qxxx Axx xxx or at least playable opposite a tad less. In my opinion ...
Is this upgradeable?
QT9x J9xxxxx -- xx opposite isn't even that bad of a game. Probably only had no play cause of the lie of the cards, but this really is a decent contract.
"Standard" meaning of advancer's jump after redouble e.g. (1Y) X (XX) ?
It's just preemptive in nature, doesn't have to be specifically weak. Calling things "weak" or "strong" is a great way to get ruled against by the director if opponents are misled.
Eric Leong's bidding problem: Q976 QJ86 9 AJ43
I would certainly double 3 if it's penalty, but I don't play it that way on this auction.
A Spade-Double inversion
You can still double with that hand, but ruling out having a weaker 4-card spade suit for doubling seems a bit much to me.
A Spade-Double inversion
One huge drawback I see of this method is if takeout doubler has only 3 spades, you will have to play quite a few 4-3 fits cause the responsive doubler could have 5+ easily in this method, whereas in normal responsive doubles, takeout doubler bids spades with 4 and ...
Action over 1S?
I don't mind it in general, but with no spot cards, no real trick-taking potential for notrump, and no reason to upgrade beyond the raw point count (I don't believe in overcalling unless the hand values to 16), I would pass on this particular hand.
Trick 2 Defense
If I'm forced to win the first club, obviously I would return a club, but ducking trick one has appeal.
Andonis Dalgas's bidding problem: K987 A7 AKJ QJ76
Passing over 3 was more prudent.
Jonathan Cohn's bidding problem: KQ98 --- AKQ85 KQ74
Why would 4 not serve that purpose?

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