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Mike Bell
Mike Bell
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
Last Seen
2 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Pro
about me

England Open Team for 2020 Euros in Madeira, partnering Ben Norton. I had some success in the US in 2017 partnering David Gold on Richie Schwartz's team.

I live in London with my wife, Sarah - also an NABC+ winner, also playing in Madeira (on the England women's team).

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, Tony Forrester, 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
ACBL Ranking
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Coast Conduct
I've never seen anyone just point at a pass to agree a break in tempo so I don't think that's universal. If someone pointed at a call I'd think they were asking for an explanation. I guess the "smart" response would be to say that it ...
“No True Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
Tony Forrester played 1:1 as "no five-card major" for years, and there's one decent English pair who do now. None of these play(ed) 1:1, 1 as natural, though, so maybe it's not really Montreal Relay. He also played 1 ...
Coast Conduct
Oppo's behaviour was indeed poor. Nothing will happen about it unless TDs fine players who behave this way. How hard is it to agree the hesitation/call the TD without whinging?
Coast Conduct
While I agree with a fair bit of what you wrote, I disagree with your conclusion on the hand. As you say, if partner has a marginal raise to 3, he won't pass a 4 bid from you. So why is it more ethical to bid 4 ...
Support doubles
Extras without three-card support. I've just seen the poll results - I'm quite surprised.
Will Montreal NABC go on as scheduled?
This seems too optimistic to me. Carol - I suggest you assume it's not happening. If it does then it will be a pleasant surprise!
Undo or No undo ?
3 was a good raise, 2NT would have been good/bad.
Undo or No undo ?
To those who think "no undo, you've seen the dummy" is an appropriate response, I put it to you that - a) It's likely that the player already knew what they were trying to lead and will just lead the same card. b) If you don't agree with ...
Undo or No undo ?
Yes, I take issue with the 2nd poll answer. "Rules are rules" = grant the undo.
World championships individual
Unless BBO has greatly improved their movements since the last time I played an online indy - admittedly many years ago - you'll have a devil of a time making sure everyone partners everyone else.

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