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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

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.

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 (3 times), Chairman's Cup, English Premier League (4 times).
Regular Bridge Partners
Ben Norton, Sarah Bell, David Gold
Favorite Conventions
Passed hand 2C response to 1S showing five hearts (in conjunction with 2D as Drury).
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Alex Hydes's bidding problem: K4 AKQJT642 8 54
Thanks Richard!
Alex Hydes's bidding problem: K4 AKQJT642 8 54
Alex - wild stab in the dark, but is partner you?
considerably worse than trivial
In related news, the most recent smother play I saw at the table occurred when declarer forgot to ruff something at trick 11, inadvertently endplaying my partner to get the trick back.
considerably worse than trivial
Stupidly talented guy, came 4th out of over 100 in his first tournament and has spent most of his bridge life with an NGS of 65+. Absurd of me to have not written the hand down.
considerably worse than trivial
I was once taking a supervised class, and filling in as a defender. I realised that I was on lead to trick 12 in a smother play position. Somewhat shocked, I took a few seconds to play a card, so the novice declarer put me out of my misery by ...
Trivial - NO, something worse than trivial
I've been looking for hands with one card of each rank, IIRC the stats suggest I should have seen some since I started looking but it's not happened yet (or I've missed it when it has).
Arrow Switches
Also, I would think the last round was the least likely time to have to take boards away.
Arrow Switches
A disadvantage of arrow-switching the first round is that, if the E/W pairs forget to skip, they are unlikely to realise until it's too late for the N/S pairs to be able to play the board.
Opponents remind you of your own failure to alert -- AI or UI?
Ed - we also alert any artificial bid that isn't specifically announceable, e.g. 2 openings.
Opponents remind you of your own failure to alert -- AI or UI?
Yes. I'm not entirely clear how it happened, but it was certainly what happened. One possibility is that people tend to alert artificial bids more enthusiastically than natural ones.

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