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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
7 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Actuary; avid interests in bidding theory and professional basketball; teaching the game to 5 grandsons, ages 3-9.

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
A sectional swiss ten+ years ago where my team tied for first with a team that included several world class players; my partner was my daughter, Carla, and my teammates were my wife, Helen and our friend Alex Perlin.
Bridge Accomplishments
100+ sectional and regional wins; 2 seconds in NABC+ events
Regular Bridge Partners
Alex Perlin, James Sundstrom, Mike Prahin, Alex Allen
Member of Bridge Club(s)
(the original) Cavendish in NYC
Favorite Tournaments
Nationals; my favorite site is Wash DC; second favorite is New Orleans except the food is too good to play bridge well
Favorite Conventions
Drury Doubles; Ultra Hi Def
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
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Break In Tempo
Pure bridge equity would be that East is required to double (which I think is the normal call) and the director would roll it back to pass (a logical alternative contraindicated by the UI) only if that works out worse than doubling. This is the price you pay for not ...
Memories of Margie
I remember back in the early '70's when my friend Anne Marie Sporing told me that a blonde bombshell who was a Polish countess had arrived in NYC and was taking the bridge scene by storm. I remember when a team of mixed pairs stunned the bridge world by ...
Bart Bramley once told me never to downgrade 15-counts in pair events. I suppose a similar rule might apply to 18-counts, but I confess I would downgrade more than one of the example hands, especially to avoid rebidding 2N to show 18-19, which is a bad sequence in standard bidding ...
Sam Ehrlichman's bidding problem: 94 964 JT9854 53
Question a is whether this agreement is a good one to have or not. My inclination is not, but a lot of good players do seem to subscribe to it. Question b is whether it should still apply after a double. I doubt it. Hands that would bid 3 ...
What's this double?
A similar auction came up a few weeks ago. My partner doubled and declarer asked me what the double was. "I think it should be takeout but he thinks it's penalty" was my response. I passed and even though we (I) misdefended we still got a near top. I ...
Allen Kahn's bidding problem: JT98632 AK AK53 ---
I can certainly visualize hands that are cold for 6 and down in 4. So it has to be right to bid 3 provided you have a clue about how to bid after opener's jump shift. Unfortunately, most people don't.
What is this double?
While takeout doubles in this position that are necessary to compete effectively are rare, they do come up. I would assume double is takeout undiscussed, but if my partner wanted to discuss it and play it as lead-directing, I suppose I'd go along with him. I assume that hand-type ...
Christina Syrakopoulou's bidding problem: A3 K872 JT87 AQ9
Double at matchpoints, pass at imps.
What does this 3!s bid mean
With notrump aspirations, I could just bid 3N. My club holding needn't be ideal, as it's a strain no one has bid and nowadays there's a strong trend towards passive leads against 3N. With heart support and slam aspirations, I could cue-bid 4. With 56 in ...
Fred King's bidding problem: 9 9642 QJT KQJT5
I am not crazy about defending 2-doubled with these cards which is what rates to happen if I double. They are more likely to have a game than to be going down in 2. Maybe 3 at matchpoints.

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