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Mike Bell
Mike Bell
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Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
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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 (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).
BBO Username
mickyb
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Tanking to get a read
I take it you didn't read my post, immediately above yours. There are (at least) two valid answers and no obvious issues.
Tanking to get a read
Related - in some quarters, it's considered inappropriate to lead up to the KJ and then think. I disagree, because: - Playing in a reasonable tempo and hoping that LHO flies ace is a legitimate tactic. - If the AQ are in the same hand oppo will often be able to curtail ...
MI (?) Ruling
I think the OP implies that, over a takeout double, South thinks 3 shows 1444, while North thinks it shows a 2.5 spade bid or similar. I would expect them to be more likely to have a misunderstanding over a "no agreement" double, not less likely. Certainly giving ...
ATB: Did anyone actually do anything wrong?
Tank pass from West?
Is this 3 club bid forcing or not forcing playing 2over1 using standard agreements
"...unless the second suit bid must be shorter than the first".
1S (4H) 4N = ?
Have added this as an option
WBF alerting regulations another sequence came up yesterday is this alertable.
Wouldn't it? Even if we assume that 3 was invitational, and that it should have been alerted, it sounds almost impossible that your side was damaged on this auction.
Poll: 1!C or 1!D when 4=4=3=2?
I prefer to agree that we always open 1 on this shape. The reason for this is that I want to feel comfortable raising 1 to 2 in competition on four-card support. Otherwise, it is harder for us to get to 3 or 5 when ...
Three-card raises--- are they automatic?
If you "normally always raise" then how do you plan to continue over 4SF to show something approximating to this?
Three-card raises--- are they automatic?
The biggest reason to raise on this hand is that if I rebid 2, and partner makes an invitational rebid (2NT or 3m), I'm basically on a guess whether partner has a fifth spade or not. I agree there are drawbacks, though.
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