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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, 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
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Calling all probabalists!
In theory, it's a guess. The easiest way to think about it is to be blind to which of the J/T/9 have been played so far. Using this method, fourth hand to play could have started with KJ/KT/K9 or JT/J9/T9.
Mike Bell's bidding problem: Q8765 KQ762 AK6 ---
I'm not at all worried about being forced on this hand - it's not like we have any winners to take anyway!
What’s your favourite ...
Great tip, thanks
Amazing defenses by Buratti–Lanzarotti
DD underrates a low one here as declarer gets to hop jack from J9x and similar. Would be interesting to see the stats with such positions accounted for.
Amazing defenses by Buratti–Lanzarotti
Richard - given that they recommend leading the K, I suspect that is the thirteenth card!
Suggested methods after “problem” reverse of 1H-1N(f)-2S?
The best solution to this problem is to realise that it's absurd to play 2 as natural.
Yuan Shen's bidding problem: KT865 J3 AJT32 J
If you have a reasonable bid to make in preference to rebidding your five-card major, you make it. If you don't, you're stuck rebidding your suit. This is true regardless of how many cards the opening bid showed.
Yuan Shen's bidding problem: KT865 J3 AJT32 J
Whether you play 4cM or 5cM has no bearing on whether 2 here (or, indeed, in most other auctions) shows six.
Overcalling a Weak Two with 3m on a 5 card suit
Definitely worth a bid - with a hand this pure, bidding will often be worth a part-score swing.
Richard Granville's bidding problem: A6 KT53 K84 AQ76
Some play that North would pass with a GF takeout double of a major, assume you don't play that or you'd have said...

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