The Kriegel team dominated the first day of online play in the U21 division of the 2013 Junior USBC, qualifying for the face to face Semi-Finals after only half of the online competition.
About the Players
|Oren is a second-year student at the University of Chicago, double-majoring in Political Science and Law, Letters, & Society (a program for which it is hard to find a description and with which it is harder to find a job). He lives in the woods in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he learned bridge in 2008 through the Superiorland Duplicate Bridge Club.
He is an accredited bridge teacher and has taught classes at Superiorland DBC, local tournaments, and his high school. For his Eagle Scout service project, he offered free bridge lessons to youth and their families. He is the president of the UChicago Bridge Club. He has published several articles in Better Bridge Magazine and has an article forthcoming in The Bridge World. He won the U21 World Youth Open Teams in 2013.
Bridge has consumed the greater part of his recent life, but he also enjoys social dance, puns, and some board games. He watches an unhealthy amount of Netflix and takes pride in this.
After playing various card games for the whole of my life, I finally graduated to bridge at the age of fifteen under the instruction of my grandmother. I found the game quite intriguing. I soon discovered that a local club existed nearby and started attending lessons there. The teacher of these lessons, Giorgio Provenza, took an immediate interest in my bridge education. He strongly encouraged me to continue bridge and offered his own time to teach me. We began to play together frequently.
Eventually, I was asked to try out for the England U20 bridge team. I was quickly integrated into the squad and started playing with a new and dependable partner. Together we competed in many international events.
I moved to America to attend Brown University in 2012. After a year of struggling to play with my friends in England, I looked for some opportunities in America. I wrote to Joe Stokes. His response was swift and decisive. Quickly, I found myself with a new partner, Oren Kriegel, and solid teammates, Kevin Rosenberg and Ben Kristensen. I am looking forward to playing more with all of them.
Ben, 15 years old, is a Sophomore at Marshall School in Duluth, MN, where he plays trombone in the Concert Band and is on the cross country running and track teams.
After his Sunday School teacher gave Ben an ACBL bidding manual for his 10th birthday, he taught himself bridge and started playing at the Duluth Bridge Club in January, 2009 and in bridge tournaments in May, 2009. He won his first Regional open event in May, 2011. Ben placed 1st in NABC Youth Pairs & Swiss Teams in 2011 and 2nd in Youth Pairs in 2012 & 2013, as well as 2nd in Youth Swiss Teams in 2012.
Ben placed 2nd in the 2013 Under-21 World Swiss Teams and 11th in the World Under-21 Teams in 2012.
When he isn't playing bridge, Ben enjoys reading about bridge and playing the piano.
Kevin, 16 and a Junior at Monta Vista HIgh School in Cupertino, California, says:
I'm the son of two professional bridge players, so I was exposed to bridge at a very young age. Actually, I learned to play bridge at a very basic level at the child-care at summer Nationals. 7ntXX there was a very popular contract (and is still not unheard of in the junior bridge I play in now). I started playing bridge more seriously and often when I moved out to California from New York about 2 and a half years ago. I've always read a lot of bridge books (Bridge in the Menagerie), and I just think it's a great game. I hope my mom's new project called Silicon Valley Youth Bridge will involve more kids my age in the game.
As a child, I first became interested in chess, despite being heavily exposed to bridge. I competed at an expert chess level for about 2 years, and peaked at about age 12. From there I moved to Scrabble, also reaching approximately an expert level, and competing twice in the National School Scrabble Championships. From there, I moved to bridge, where my primary focus is now, although I do still play on my school's chess team. I also played on my school's JV tennis team last year, and hope to play Varsity this year.