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Mike Bell
Mike Bell
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
Last Seen
35 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Pro
about me

One of England's top pros. A system geek, but an increasingly practical one. I haven't played in the last couple of US Nationals but I had some success in 2017 partnering David Gold on Richie Schwartz's team.

I live in London with my wife, Sarah, who won the Freeman BAM at her first Nationals in Toronto.

United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Psyching a world-class pair into their 5-0 fit at the five-level in the semi-final of a major KO.
Bridge Accomplishments
Mitchell BAM winner and "won" a session of the Reisinger final in San Diego; Spingold semi-finalist in Toronto. Winner of Yeh Bros Pairs, Spring Foursomes (3 times), Chairman's Cup, English Premier League (4 times).
Regular Bridge Partners
Ben Norton, Sarah Bell, David Gold
Favorite Conventions
Passed hand 2C response to 1S showing five hearts (in conjunction with 2D as Drury).
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World Bridge Games ("Olympiad") 2020 See Eitan's comments here. An announcement was expected a few days ago.
1!c-(1!d)-1M promises four or more in the bid major, right?
Thanks Chris! I'd alert all of responder's actions I listed above - I'm not an expert on the US regulations though.
-590: assign the blame
I was South. Not wishing to take anything away from my partner, but 4 is pretty clear when partner has promised five cards IMO
-590: assign the blame
I don't think they are. If West has ace-sixth in hearts then the quick ruff isn't needed.
-590: assign the blame
IMO quick 4 = shape, slower = high cards
1!c-(1!d)-1M promises four or more in the bid major, right?
Robson-Forrester play 1M as five here. I like it too - I see support doubles as a necessary evil in standard methods and like to avoid the need for them where possible. After 1 (1) X (2), I would play: Pass = weak NT 2M = unbalanced minimum X = good ...
The New Tricks Tournament Series
Good point. Sounds like David Burn and Marusa Gold to me.
Do you prefer to play Gazzilli?
"Not being able to find out opener's second suit" is not "cherry-picking a weakness".
Do you prefer to play Gazzilli?
To assume that everything is fine when you have spade tolerance is incorrect IMO - you could still be missing a better contract elsewhere. I once saw a Gazzilli pair stop in 2 when our oppo bid and made 6 on the same deal, although I accept that there ...
Do you prefer to play Gazzilli?
Sure, but if you open a strong club and partner doesn't have 8 points you are well placed. If you bid Gazzilli and partner doesn't have 8 points then you are very poorly placed (including when you actually hold spades+clubs 11-15). You can debate the best responses ...

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