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Mike Bell
Mike Bell
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
Last Seen
4 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Pro
about me

England Open Team for 2020 Euros in Madeira. I had some success in the US in 2017 partnering David Gold on Richie Schwartz's team. I'm a system geek, but an increasingly practical one.

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. Zia was in my seat at the other table and didn't find the psyche!
Bridge Accomplishments
US (all 2017): Mitchell BAM winner, Spingold semi-finalist and "won" a session of the Reisinger final. Non-US: Winner of Yeh Bros Pairs, Spring Foursomes (3 times), Chairman's Cup, Gold Cup, English Premier League (4 times).
Regular Bridge Partners
Ben Norton, Sarah Bell
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Young Chelsea
Favorite Tournaments
Spring Foursomes, held in Stratford-upon-Avon
Favorite Conventions
In response to 1C - 1D = 4+hearts, 1S = 5+spades, 1H = neither of the above
BBO Username
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England women's trials
My understanding is that the Dutch Federation is able to spend huge amounts on its international program, not sure it's something other federations should try to copy unless they are in the same position financially.
England women's trials
This will be Nicola's 25th Europeans, fifty years after her first.
"Hottest" Debates Among Bridge Experts Today?
"Is it ever appropriate/wise to make a three-level opening preempt with a six-card suit?" You misspelt 'five'!
What are your rights and obligations when you don't know who hessitated at the other side?
What if you (arguably) gain in the bidding or play from knowing your partner's screenmate tanked?
England trials - success for BW members
And this despite a young (30ish) pair, probably the most successful pair in English bridge over the last 18 months, being unavailable for the trials.
England trials - success for BW members
Delighted to say we've been invited to join the team. Ben (Norton) will turn 23 not long before the event; he will be the youngest England open international since Steve Lodge in 1981. Edit: I've now been told he may actually be the youngest ever - does anyone know ...
14-16 1NT
I'd definitely stick to 15-17 unless you can make a strong 1NT rebid, and possibly even then
England trials - success for BW members
Well, they didn't enter in 2020 or 2018. In 2016, the teams were determined by straight selection, and they were selected for Euros but not the Olympiad.
England trials - success for BW members
One of them played in an earlier stage.
England trials - success for BW members
Well, there was more swapping around than that. Of the twenty players that were selected for the trial last time, thirteen entered this time; ten in the same partnerships and three not. One of the pairs didn't qualify for the final, and one of the individuals qualified for the ...

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