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Mike Bell
Mike Bell
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Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
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Bridge Pro
about me

England international and system geek

United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Spingold semi-finalist. Winner of Yeh Bros Pairs, Spring Fours, Chairman's Cup, England Trials
Regular Bridge Partners
David Gold, Tony Forrester, Michael Byrne, Sarah Bell
Favorite Conventions
Stayman over 1NT, I've tried to come up with something better but to no avail!
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Showing the Ace of Spades
Sometimes as much can be learned from the disasters of such pairs as from the successes. Fantoni-Nunes had great success with their two-level openings, which most others found to be unplayable. Heck, the rest of the world even considered a 2 opening showing 6C or 5C4M to be a ...
Responding To 1NT - A Fresh Perspective
BW 2/1: Opener's 2M Rebid
Ok, I'll try to be more helpful. Here is what I'd expect, with decreasing degrees of certainty as the list goes on. Reverses at the three-level show extras 1:2m, 2 doesn't show extras 2NT is usually balanced and can be a weak NT But ...
BW 2/1: Opener's 2M Rebid
Depends whether the response was 2 or 2/.
Gazilli feedback from those who have played it
It's not just 1444 that's a problem - 14(35) and 13(45) probably belong in 2 when partner has his most likely handtype.
Gazilli feedback from those who have played it
Yes, the "strong or 6M" structure seems worse to me too. For me, the biggest downside of Gazzilli is missing fits when opener is 5-4 with 16-18, and responder doesn't have enough to show a positive. This is less bad in 'traditional' Gazzilli than "strong or 6M" Gazzilli, but ...
Gazilli feedback from those who have played it
Kerry, does 1:1N, 2:2 really promise a doubleton spade? So with a 6322 11-count opposite a 1444 6-count you bid 1:1N, 2:2N? Obviously this is a contrived example, but not being able to get this class of hands to 2 ...
Gazilli feedback from those who have played it
Gordon, How do you continue after 2 = diamonds or balanced? Does responder bid 2 with 1435 shape and below invitational values? Does opener scramble with 2 when 5323 but pass 2 on 5332?
Thoughts on a convention?
Sure, so was I. I'd much rather have the raise in 1:2 than in 1:2. The costs of the former are actually pretty small, opener has to rebid 2 most of the time but that's not a disaster. I mainly agree ...
Thoughts on a convention?
I disagree with Richard, and my teammates, on this one. 1M:2 shouldn't include non-GF raises because that impedes your auctions when responder has a balanced game-force.

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