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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
3 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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Kevin O'Dea's bidding problem: Q9832 A5 Q8 Q632
Seems like a normal minimum for 2 to me.
Who was more at fault?
I really don't like the strong club opener. With such shape, it's a lot easier to start with 1 and later bid very strongly.
Mikael Rimstedt's bidding problem: QJT87 AQT87 T 54
Not sure why people are so worried here. Double is clearly showing the majors, most probably 5-5. The only problem is it might lead to a telephone number, but the alternative of being frozen out could easily lead to a double-game swing.
Sasha Cooper's bidding problem: J7 AK98 AKJT963 ---
Not sure why 2 would normally support spades. If you have spades, you raise them. 2 should show primary diamonds.
A Simple (I think!) Question
Jack or jack-equivalent is count. Anything higher is attitude.
Missed Game-YBTJ
Both of them went a bit low, but no one did anything unreasonable.
Rajeev Jog's bidding problem: A AKJ94 KQ AT642
Double on the first round is bizarre.
Poaching Jon Green's Post regarding the Common Game of 2/12
In principle, the idea of B3 is closest. It is not quite accurate though; there is no reason you need 3 card support if the hand is a GF in an unbid suit, e.g. Ax Kx Axx AKQxxx if the opening was 1.
Martin Lindfors's bidding problem: 9 AK97 Q832 QJ98
Not sure why 4 is "standard". 4 seems normal and 4 should suggest a control there.
Nicholas France's bidding problem: QT4 K64 KJ QJ954
Might as well make a slam try in as partner's club holding might be important.

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