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Ben Kristensen
Ben Kristensen
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 17, 2014
Last Seen
an hour ago
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


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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Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: 63 JT86 8 AK9642
It's definitely not a safe gamble if partner's major is hearts and you are also quite unlikely to beat 1NTx (probably around 20%). -380 or -580 are both quite possible, and that's probably 7-10 IMP's out.
Shawn Drenning's bidding problem: KJ2 KQT3 987 AQT
If partner had a 10-count and a stiff heart, he already probably should have acted.
Mason Barge's bidding problem: K6 K6543 AT A764
Probably 4 is best over that, that should allow partner to evaluate pretty decently.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: 63 JT86 8 AK9642
True. 2-2-2-2-3 seems like a safe way of looking for a fit and then bailing out.
Can Eser Yurtsever's bidding problem: Txx AQx T98 Kxxx
It's better to play that 2NT is strongish and asking, 3 is p/c for the unknown minor and 3 is an invite in hearts.
Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: AJT9653 QT3 J K9
That would be my choice also.
Have You discussed this auction
Preemptive, but I'd also be happy enough to raise opposite a partner willing to bid to the 3-level vul against not. AQJxxxx x x Qxxx might be a typical hand (again, at these colors, can be lighter if non-vul).
New BBO landing page
The one problem I have is that there used to be a way to get to the old version, which I greatly prefer. Now there seems to be none.
Rowland Reeves's bidding problem: AQJ 7 9865 KQJ96
2 rebid is still being imposed on me when it's clearly not bridge.
4NT After a Negative Double Over a 3S Preempt
Natural, not forward-going.

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