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Bob Heitzman
Bob Heitzman
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 17, 2010
Last Seen
11 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Consulting actuary; married almost 40 years to Helen Raleigh; 3 daughters, Carla, Emma and Willow Star (all bridge players) and 5 grandsons: Isaac, Raleigh, Noah, Robert, and James (all future bridge players). Avid interests in bidding theory and pro basketball. 

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
A sectional swiss many years ago where my team tied for first with a team that included one of my favorite players, John Kranyak; my partner was my daughter, Carla, and my teammates were my wife, Helen and my good 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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Richard Traxler's bidding problem: KQ Q765 Q53 AK32
I suppose that technically this is a responsive double but I prefer to bid 3N in case partner thinks its a thrump double. I don't think he has 4 hearts.
3NT Overcall over Pre-empt. Methods?
Of course normally you pass, but I can certainly imagine hands with which you'd want to suggest playing in a suit (long major) or use stayman (4-card major, 6+ card minor), or try for slam in a minor. This situation comes up so little that I am usually content ...
What should 4NT mean here?
Wish I was playing with GIB... I like "to play" for the first one at matchpoints. At imps, I think they would both be pick a minor; pass and pull would indicate slam interest.
Jim Munday Wins Another BBO Individual Practice Session!
"don't deceive people buying entries that they will be playing bridge when in fact is they wish to succeed they need to learn this new bizarre game" I guess when they sell entries for the mixed BAM in Toronto, they should include a pamphlet on the bizarre format.
Jim Munday Wins Another BBO Individual Practice Session!
What is and isn't bridge is rather arbitrary. I think robot games became bridge when the acbl decided to award masterpoints for them. I for one think that was a bad decision, but it's done and now it can't really be undone. Too many people with vested ...
A Robot Compromise
Hi Dan Congrats on winning the free entry. My first reaction to your suggestion was "meh", but as I thought about it more, it grew on me. The best hand concept insulates the notrump poachers from a lot of downside. Changing it to 10+ would expose them to a lot ...
Jim Munday Wins Another BBO Individual Practice Session!
"Those who focus on whether partner bot knows that human partner psyches are missing the point. Doug is not." I disagree. Under the rules of the game, the opponents are only entitled to know your agreements. Your agreement is that 1N is 15-17. If you violate it a lot, in ...
Jim Munday Wins Another BBO Individual Practice Session!
This is a game that requires a combination of skill and luck. But it isn't "bridge." I beg to differ. A lot of people think matchpoints isn't bridge either. This is a form of bridge, as Jim says elsewhere, just like BAM, or imp pairs are variants on ...
Jim Munday Wins Another BBO Individual Practice Session!
Yes, that was my thinking also. If the human declares, then there is no need to hog the hand by opening 1N on every hand. Then I looked at the strategy employed by Jim and Leo (not so much Justin). They open 1N on virtually every minimum-range hand (I'm ...
ACBL Tests Online NABC Event
How about just giving us a few mulligans as in party golf?

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