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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
April 19
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

FIRST/SECOND SEAT OPENING BIDS:

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).

THIRD/FOURTH SEAT OPENING BIDS:

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...

Country
United States of America

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
benjk
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Dick Bruno's bidding problem: A4 AQ4 AKT43 AK4
I definitely think 4 should be natural, but 4NT probably shouldn't be.
Your call
Surely not after they double for penalty? I'd definitely raise in scenario 1 and pass in scenario 2.
Doug Fjare's bidding problem: 7 7542 AJ754 AK9
Hate 2 instead of 1NT, but at least my call this round is easy.
Bruce Rogoff's bidding problem: KQ874 T J943 AK3
Could be right to pass, but it's taking too big of a position in my view.
Allan Simon's bidding problem: Q5 J75 AKJ8764 T
Exactly. If he had 6-4, he could double 4 or pass. 4 is definitely 5-5 or more.
Raphael Hallerman's lead problem: A75 QT92 KT52 63
With these major suit holdings, it seems clear to go passive.
James Huntington's bidding problem: A9875 Q7 74 J872
I love overcalling 1M whenever possible, but this is just too far.
Mike Ma's bidding problem: A976 AT64 7 AJ98
It's just a normal forcing pass, just I prefer to reverse the meanings of pass/pull and direct bid in these situations. The weaker route could be better with this hand, but I think when we have three aces, partner will tread cautiously.
Mike Ma's bidding problem: A976 AT64 7 AJ98
I play pass and pull as weaker, so a direct 5 is a slam try.
Franck Guerrero's bidding problem: KJ62 96 KJ2 AK92
2 first round makes things so much simpler.
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