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Mike Bell
Mike Bell
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
Last Seen
2 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, Michael Byrne, 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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ACBL Ranking
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European open pairs format
In case it adds anything to this debate - in Tromso, those who qualified from the B semi averaged 49.15% (I think this is 49.65% if you ignore the carry-forward). Surprisingly high. For comparison, I then looked at the performance of the bottom six qualifiers from the A semi ...
Do you spend too much time playing bridge?
If I had worked harder at university, and not become a bridge player, what would I do instead? Trading or computer programming, maybe. I doubt I would be changing the world, and I doubt I would enjoy either of those careers as much as I do bridge.
Reporting your team's renege
Hmm. The laws could require you to volunteer that you revoked, but allow you to start the next board before doing so :-P
Reporting your team's renege
Also, I think the laws should require you to confess to a revoke from which you gained an advantage. The argument that this is unenforceable is somewhat valid, but the same argument could be applied to the requirement to not revoke in the first place (see Paul Barden's example ...
Reporting your team's renege
The revoke laws are draconian to discourage players from revoking deliberately and hoping to gain from it. I don't see why a player who made a genuine error, that he hasn't gained from, should volunteer for the same punishment.
Opponents words cause misplay
I wasn't actually sure how serious I was being! A TD at my club asked me to explain this law to him the other day, he didn't understand what 45C4a was saying at all. I wasn't familiar with the law, but my understanding of the it is ...
Opponents words cause misplay
What about Law 45C4? "(a) A card must be played if a player names or otherwise designates it as the card he proposes to play. (b) Until his partner has played a card a player may change an unintended designation if he does so without pause for thought. If an ...
EBU National Teams: youngest ever winners?
Talking of the youngest to win something... In this event, like some other Swiss Teams events in the UK, the team that wins each round by the largest margin receives a bottle of wine each. In one round, the largest win was by a junior team - 36 IMPs to 1 ...
EBU National Teams: youngest ever winners?
Yes, I was about to ask where you were before that...
EBU National Teams: youngest ever winners?
Definitely some younger teams have won it in the past. Forrester, Granville, Kirby, Armstong in 1978 for one.

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