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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
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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

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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Precision "Pass and Pull" (Part two)
Exactly. It's really impossible to answer this without knowing your methods, which seem to resemble PDI.
Numan Bakar's bidding problem: J982 A43 7 98432
I find 2 unfathomable. Isn't that how I would bid xxx xxx xxxx xxx? Surely this hand is worth a cuebid.
Yet another "Is pass forcing"?
If you have to ask, it isn't.
Christopher Moh's bidding problem: 93 KQT954 KQ9 AQ
I prefer DBL to 2, but this auction timed out nicely for us.
A not-so-"minor" problem
Indeed 2NT then 3 should be 0=3=5=5. On this hand North is worth a 3 bid himself over 2NT and we can start looking for a grand.
A Close Decision at IMPs
Not playing for the heart finesse is playing for a misdefense. Surely South can find a diamond shift at trick two or three when it is necessary.
Elke Weber's bidding problem: KQ987 KJT72 JT5 ---
He knows I can have this hand and is doubling anyway. Bidding here is saying I don't trust his judgment. For all we know, this could be 3 off in his hand alone.
Robert Schachter's bidding problem: AJ3 74 AQ9743 A9
Sometimes yes, but assumed not for now. You can clarify this handtype by supporting them on the next round. It's usually based on long diamonds or strong balanced without good enough clubs to merit bidding 3NT.
Rohit Gupta's bidding problem: AKJ9765 AQJ3 7 8
What I should have bid last round.
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This was an earlier problem, but with it put in a hand diagram. Thanks for that.
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