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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
Aug. 11
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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"Icebreaker" convention?
It's probably Robinsnest.
Good luck to all the bridge-playing kids heading off to China this weekend
Yay! Hope to see you all lovely people there soon.
Play Problem
I like winning the heart queen and leading a diamond. If East is in, he might play a spade, and if West is, he might play a heart if I win the queen.
Inferences from Landy
I play the same thing and have never alerted it, but I certainly will give that info if they inquire further.
Am I Incorrect - OR .....
You're not nuts. This is a situation that needs a remedy.
Paul D East's bidding problem: 4 AKQ7 QJ9 AJ743
Pick-a-slam, as most 5NT's are.
Paul D East's bidding problem: 4 AKQ7 QJ9 AJ743
4NT really has to be quant here (but this hand is too good); if you wanted to bid 4NT keycard for spades, you can bid 4 to set spades first.
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: KJ9 KQ92 QT973 7
I probably wouldn't have opened either, but I think passing here is weird.
Buck the Odds
I know I am guilty of doing this and can say it is completely involuntary.
Ulf Nilsson's bidding problem: T753 AK5 K62 AK8
If partner bids anything but 4 clubs, I am well-placed, and since he couldn't gamble 3NT, that might not be terrible. The gain is if he bids 3M, then I can bid 3NT as a choice of games.
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