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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
13 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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ACBL plans to end all child care at NABCs?
I completely understand why the ACBL would do this for the reason Dave expressed above, but choosing not to inform their membership of the new policy in some sort of general statement seems baffling.
Richard Fleet's bidding problem: T6 K753 AJ9 AT96
The lead problem is more interesting; I would lead a trump.
ATB after pre-empt
Jeff, let's just say it's definitely not my preference.
ATB after pre-empt
I think South just has to bite the bullet and overcall 3NT on this hand, but if you switch his red suits, I would be fully endorsing the given auction. Preempts work.
Marion Gebhardt's bidding problem: A95 Q5 A87532 K4
This is clearly a penalty double, and I don't play many low-level ones.
Benoit Lessard's bidding problem: AK8xxxx x 9xx KQ
I would double, but you would have to be short in both majors to justify it, and also with something extra. With INV+ values, you can basically scrap this because you plan to continue bidding anyway. In general, this is a rare case. With 1=3 or 1=4, I ...
"The worst play I have ever seen"
Ahh, I did not see that West regained the lead. At that point, it's clear enough to figure out what happened. I have amended my comment above to reflect this.
"The worst play I have ever seen"
East's diamond discard should clearly be count, as that comes in priority before suit-preference and it is easy to see why count might be important. Assuming you're playing UDCA, the correct method in this type of situation where dummy has a strong side suit is to play a ...
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: J2 J987 KQ84 QT5
For someone I normally agree most of the time with, I completely disagree with both of your statements. "Sorry; I think that now, by passing the first time, you have given yourself a problem that has no good solution." I am quite happy with passing. In fact, it would probably ...
Robert Schachter's bidding problem: Q73 6 K7643 QJ94
The most simple definition is anything between a limit raise and a preemptive raise.

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