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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
3 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
Helen Raleigh, 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
Hyper-Extended Drury
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
1!S-2!H=GF; 1M-2m=GF or 3-cd lr w 3+ in m; 1!D-2!C: force to 2N or 3!C
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Michael Kopera's bidding problem: 642 A5 Q72 KQ432
Awhile ago I posted an article trying to make the point that the traditional meaning of the "impossible 2"--a stronger raise of opener's minor than a direct raise would be--is misguided. First of all, having two ways to raise invitationally in opener's minor is very low ...
ATB - missed Red game at IMP Pairs
Caught speeding once again.
Swiss teams - with hand records, bridgemates and less waiting time - it IS possible!
Jan, is it possible that the technology of bridgemates has improved in the last ten years? I am surprised that I am the only player interested in butler ratings since they have them at every world championship I've ever seen. As you know, it's not exactly trivial to ...
Does a hand for this bid exist?
I'm guessing something like 4=1=5=3, with around 10 hcp. Overcalling 1 initially is probably a bad idea, especially since most people play that a 1 advance shows 5. So is bidding over 1. When 1N is passed around to me, the argument for ...
Does a hand for this bid exist?
I think this is an automatic weak jump shift over 1.
ATB - missed Red game at IMP Pairs
At my table, South opened 1, which was passed around to East, who balanced with 1N, showing 10-15 hcp. I was West. Technically, I have a clear pass, since partner maxes at 15, and I have 9. However, in situations like this, a good declarer will be double dummy ...
Recommend a partnership style
I would say it depends on the colors and level. Generally, if red, invite and accept aggressively. White, invite conservatively and accept aggressively. At matchpoints, invite and accept conservatively. In situations where you are white at imps and your invitation, if declined, will leave you in a major at the ...
Swiss teams - with hand records, bridgemates and less waiting time - it IS possible!
Hi Jan I recall using bridgemates in the Orlando trials maybe 10+ years ago. That was also the one where the hand records were inadvertently published on the net the night before, necessitating replaying of the first segment of the day when it was discovered. Have we devolved to the ...
Strategy at Swiss Teams (20VP scale) vs. IMP Pairs?
In a swiss, you have teammates, so you tend to avoid actions that, while you expect them to be long-run winners, in the short run will be embarrassing if they don't work out.
ATB - missed Red game at IMP Pairs
4 T's, 2 A's, 1 quack. The East hand should be promoted. I would actually bid the game with either hand, myself, but not accepting by East is egregious. As for passing 2-doubled, I suppose, but be aware that partner's double doesn't promise a singleton ...

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