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Mike Bell
Mike Bell
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
Last Seen
an hour 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.

Country
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).
BBO Username
mickyb
ACBL Ranking
None
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Format for National Team Trials
In other words - Self-funded teams are decided by teams (of six) trials. Funded teams are, for 2020, being determined by pairs trials that are open to all. For 2018, the open team was decided by restricted pairs trials, the women's team by teams (of four) trials, each with one ...
Does it matter how many points the opponents show?
I've never been convinced by the idea that, versus weak bids, one should act much lighter in 4th seat than in 2nd. In fact, in this case, I can see an argument the other way - if we have a balanced 14-count opposite an unbalanced 5-count, we may well go ...
Does it matter how many points the opponents show?
Mike Ma - you are right, "far too likely" was pretty vague. I just meant that the increased likelihood of our side having a (vul) game on was sufficient that I felt passing was an error. Dominic - yes, LHO could have a weak NT. Bidding hasn't yet got us a ...
Does it matter how many points the opponents show?
I've voted for pass over a 12-14, if you'd told me I'd held the hand and bid at the table I'd believe you though. I certainly wouldn't pass over a 10-12. Far too likely partner has a weak NT and no way into the auction.
Three NABC+ events being played concurrently
Is there a case for the mixed being the three-day event and the open being the two-day event?
6S & 4H rebids.
With 6M4m over a 1NT response, you are best-placed if you can rebid 2m showing eight of your cards (i.e. you could be 5-3). Stops partner passing it too often.
Update -- Grue and Levin Win Blue Ribbon Pairs
Bidding 2 was enough to win the event
Not your typical lead problem
The bidding diagram is confusing IMO, the question-mark should be at East's turn to call.
Not your typical lead problem
King of diamonds.
Update -- Grue and Levin Win Blue Ribbon Pairs
What are you suggesting the director do instead of making a ruling?
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