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Mike Bell
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Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
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5 hours ago
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about me

England international and system geek

Country
United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Mitchell BAM winner and Spingold semi-finalist. Winner of Yeh Bros Pairs, Spring Fours, Chairman's Cup, England Trials
Regular Bridge Partners
David Gold, Tony Forrester, Michael Byrne, Sarah Bell
Favorite Conventions
Stayman over 1NT, I've tried to come up with something better but to no avail!
BBO Username
mickyb
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Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
I, for one, think it is disgraceful that Mark is being pilloried in this way when he should instead be praised for generously sharing his work on Wikipedia.
An awkward 2NT opener auction
4 RKCB for diamonds 4 NF 4N to play 5 PMKC for spades 5 encouraging Maybe better to play 4 transfer, 4 PMKC for diamonds
Yeh Bros Cup 2018
Is there an 814?
What should the selectors do?
In the case of a teams trial, I can see a good case for any 'possibles' playing off against each other to determine who gets to challenge the 'probables'. I think the seniors trials have used this format before, albeit for a Euros, not the D'Orsi.
What should the selectors do?
"If not, I suggest that one pair in each of the teams has done enough, both in this European and in other events, whether recently or in the past, to justify retaining their place (Andrew and Tony; Fiona and Sally)." Richard - if the selectors felt (as I do) that two ...
Inverting Majors after 1D opening
Let's start with the simplest possible structure - 1:1 = spades, now a 1 rebid = hearts 1:1 = hearts The benefit of this versus natural methods comes when responder is 5-5 in the majors. You can bid 1, showing spades, intending to pass a ...
What should the selectors do?
Our best young pair (30 and 27 years old at the time, I think) weren't given one of the ten places in the open trial. It seems unlikely that the selection committee were thinking about the Bermuda Bowl (two years hence) when they made that decision, as opposed to ...
What should the selectors do?
21 months if you count from the date of the Europeans Trials, David.
A list of "Just bridge" situations
Well, there aren't many good British players who play Acol by choice. There are regional tendencies to open the major or the minor on 4-4 shape (and those players may erroneously think it's "just bridge" to do it their way), and there are a minority who do something ...
What should the selectors do?
Richard, I believe that David Burn has previously pointed out on here that the Venice Trophy is a football tournament for schoolboys (the bridge event is called the Venice Cup).
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