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Mike Bell
Mike Bell
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
Last Seen
6 hours 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, Chairman's Cup, England Trials.
Regular Bridge Partners
David Gold, Sarah Bell, Michael Byrne.
Favorite Conventions
Passed hand 2C response to 1S showing five hearts (in conjunction with 2D as Drury).
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YBTD after slow double
Just because you wouldn't bid 3 doesn't mean it's not a Logical Alternative
YBTD after slow double
YBTD after slow double
3 is obviously an LA, and it's pretty likely that West's tank was because they held insufficient spade length, so it's clear to assign East a 3 bid. Now we need a poll of West's problem over that!
2019 Buffett Cup
I'm afraid Team Europe has already been decided, James! Frederic Wrang-António Palma Ricco van Prooijen-Louk Verhees Sally Brock-Fiona Brown Jason+Justin Hackett NPC Paul Hackett
Venice Bridge Tournament. Harris Pairs Withdraw.
Jonathan, Jenny and teammates, I applaud you. I hope others have taken the same stance and won't be too shy to post here stating this.
Frances Hinden's bidding problem: KJ98542 --- 2 AKQ86
And I've now unabstained because I've decided "clear" was an overbid (I was originally given a different auction which made grand less likely and hadn't realised the implications of this)
Frances Hinden's bidding problem: KJ98542 --- 2 AKQ86
I abstained because it was clear to bid 4NT last round.
ERICHSEN Wins Jacoby Swiss
Congrats Tony and team. I notice that Wolfson were winning at the end of 22 of their 24 sets - the other two were both against your team.
Is my 1!D opening legal (EBU)
I don't think playing a "1 club system" allows you to ignore the regulations pertaining to other opening bids
Is my 1!D opening legal (EBU)
100% isn't legal. When I was systemically opening 1 on 11-13 NTs I was spoken to by the TD (the EBU chief TD, as it happens) after I "upgraded" a 4333 10-count.

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