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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
5 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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Simon Weinberger's bidding problem: Q92 AK854 J AJ53
I wouldn't have bid 3 in the first place. Club length makes it an unneeded risk.
David Caprera's bidding problem: AK9xxx xx AT9x x
I want to buy it at 5x, and it's more natural for them to double if I take the slow route.
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: 94 K9764 975 QT7
Maybe try constructing some actual 3 bids. It would never occur to me to not pass on the first, and the second is very borderline.
Paul Lewis's bidding problem: K643 K8 KQ9 AQ92
I don't understand 5. Why not just keycard?
Ben Kristensen's bidding problem: Q93 QJT7 98 QJ95
I can't agree about bidding 2 the first time. The risk/reward of passing is so large at these colors (unlikely they are making overtricks, and if partner has something extra, they are probably going for a #), and bidding 2 really doesn't have much upside at ...
10 missing K slam percentage
Combination is percentage at IMP's, especially on this auction where North can't know how many hearts we have.
Jeff Sapire's bidding problem: AJ3 A64 AQ75 AJ2
That doesn't seem like a very normal hand for this sequence. Maybe if you add a queen in somewhere.
ATB - 21 HCP 3NT game
I 100% agree with this. :P
Elianna Meyerson's bidding problem: AKJ9864 --- --- AQJ862
Partner should be able to work it out, but it might be hard.
Mike Bell's bidding problem: AT5 2 AK852 AJT9
3 and I plan to sit for 3NT.

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