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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

England international and system geek

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Winner of Yeh Bros Pairs, Spring Fours, Chairman's Cup, England Trials
Regular Bridge Partners
David Gold, Tony Forrester, Sarah O'Connor
Favorite Conventions
Stayman over 1NT, I've tried to come up with something better but to no avail!
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Brink - Drijver withdraws from BB
My fiancée is a school teacher, and she will surely play a Euros/Venice Cup sooner or later. Luckily her school is very accommodating and will likely let her have time off work for these events (they let her take a week off to play the SportAccord in her first ...
Is the Math Correct? Negative Adjustments in the Seeding Points for Vandy
Sorin, I believe that the ATP tour used to give a bonus for beating seeded players, but no longer does so.
Tournament Format
I think that's a logical fallacy. The variance in the final amongst the qualifying pairs is larger because - A) it's shorter B) some of the pairs who qualified will have done so because they were lucky during the qualification (e.g. their expectancy was actually 45% but they ...
Tournament Format
The first question to answer is, "how many boards do you want to play on the Sunday?". If 34 is fine, keep it the same. If, for example, you'd like there to be another 30 minutes of bridge on the Sunday, we can debate whether it's better to ...
FS sentencing from IBF
The sad day for bridge was a few days ago, not today.
Joshua Donn's bidding problem: J87xx T8xx --- Kxxx
I'd be worried that partner will expect five clubs for a redouble (most likely 5305).
Systemic philosophy on balanced hands
Slight retraction - Phil does have advantages on his weak NTs, I think he has a "good raise to 2M" that is consistent with a balanced 14-count.
Systemic philosophy on balanced hands
The frequency of the opening is irrelevant, it's the frequency of the gains that matter. If you believed that playing 1C:1D!, 1H! as a weak NT with 3 hearts and 1C:1D!, 1NT as a weak NT with 2 hearts is the biggest possible advantage to xfer responses ...
Systemic philosophy on balanced hands
Ok, so... 30% prefer to open 1C on weak NTs with 4 diamonds when playing simple methods. When playing more complex methods, 51% distinguish minor suit lengths, 38% don't. Ignoring the "not applicables", that's a 57/43 split. I was very interested how large the difference between these ...
Bridge Down Under - What a Difference!
I played in that club in 2011, I was playing a poker tournament and my now-fiancée felt that a game of bridge was required during the week. I don't remember much about it other than, having claimed the last ten tricks in a 3NT contract, I was informed by ...

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